Worm Mystery

A dozen, or twenty,
earthworms wriggled
from the loam and mulch
onto the sidewalk,
became confused and lost
and perished, some
desperately flipping in search
of a place to burrow.

Was it a migration gone awry?
A worm stampede like lemmings
over a cliff? Imitation of a pod
of beached whales, warning us
of toxic soil? Do we want to know?

Did some worm prophet convince
his tribe that there is more to life
than darkness and eating dirt,
that even a few brief moments
of sunlight and freedom
are worth the ultimate price?
You be the judge.

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