(for Jonathan Pelham who devised the key)
Dorsal iridescent hue of cyanic overlay?
A thicket of specifics,
Extension of dorsal forewing marginal line
often barely distinguishable,
toward base along veins—absent, faint,
that we attempt to parse
or prominent? Caterpillars buckwheat
and interpret as each creature
or lupine feeders? Early generation or late?
goes on, not oblivious exactly
Lowland or high-ridge citizens?
but preoccupied with the avid,
melded, quick acts and judgments of survival.
Bill Yake, a retired environmental scientist, is the author of the poetry collections This Old Riddle: Cormorants and Rain and Unfurl, Kite, and Veer.