Little Things

Almost unshielded, Earth is hotter now than my last visit.

Yet, its natural chaos is still wondrous.

These humans don’t plan well, their cities struggled with the changing, despite how gradual.

Chaos is hard to protect, to regulate. Impossible, they said.

But humans inspire me. Their fragility breeds courage, authenticity.

I had to return.

Despite humans, across all those years, nature survived.


I made sure I recorded memories of the little things – ants in the lawn, onslaughts of flies – and used those memories to design this form.

What a glorious Earthen day. The insects don’t even see me.

© 2021 Rebecca Glaessner

May 27, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes tiny flying insects. Think about how the insects shape the scene or add to the action. Go where the prompt leads!

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  1. Ah… yes we are all aliens though are we not? I remember watching a program where it was basically saying that humans and bees learned to work together. Insects are very single minded. But the dance of the bees is fascinating. As well as the structure of the ant community.

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    1. We really are! We are the strange ones here amongst the Earth’s creatures. We need to learn how to live in harmony here all over again. We changed so much. Insects are stunning in their cooperation, their systems and their simple survival. We need to take more inspiration from them.

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