11 January – The snow worm

Yesterday we found a worm sliding along the snow,
stranded many worm-miles from his earthy home below.
What confused him into pushing up through all that white?
Did the strange lunar surface he discovered give him a fright?
He looked so weird and out of place, like an alien in the Arctic
but perhaps he found leaving his comfort zone helpfully cathartic.
Either way, we cleared some grass and placed him gently down,
hoping he could burrow himself back through the hardened ground.