after Jakob von Uexküll. a new-hatched larva is drawn to light ascends a blade of grass grips tight to the tip, wavers forelimbs questing empty space taste the air inquire after exhaled breath or faint drum of scurrying mouse the flurry of bird wings a sunning lizard's still life first feed full-swell fall unmake reform through moults and instar stages to shield-shelled bride eyeless deaf perfect harpoon mouth barbed and calcified the whole a proto-eye garnering photons from the bright lumber inch by inch to low branch above deer worn track days or years open to warm-blood signs heat vibration the pungency of skin the fall to flesh is an act of faith crawl through fur-forest surgeon an incision and drink red purse body inflates

Jenny Donnison