Catch and Release by Geoff Budden



Catch and Release

for L.M.B.


I celebrate her kindness to God’s homely creatures

To each crawling, buzzing, darting thing of nature

Drawn into our home on this warm August night

By mesmerizing, unnatural household light


She acknowledges the strangeness of these tiny beings

How foreign their ways, how foreign their feelings

But what she sees, what she has always seen

Is the sameness, for all things, of suffering


It is this intimation of terror and pain

That guides her empathetic hands

In a precise catch and release

Mindful of fragile antennae and wings.




Geoff Budden lives in St John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, where he practices law. He is the father of two young adult daughters, the elder of whom is the subject of this poem, and has had poems published in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. Geoff can be found on Twitter at @GeoffBudden