To Humans, From Mother Earth
It’s really cute you want to spruce
me up, but I assume you know
it’s way too late and there’s no use.
I’ve been to this here rodeo.
I’ve seen a lot of species come,
and, Hon, I’ve seen as many go.
Gretchen Hodgin was born and raised in South Carolina but now lives in Maryland. Her poems have appeared in Gargoyle, Magma Poetry, Measure, and Rattle, among others.