This entry is part 34 of 34 in the series Small World


At first, in the fallopian tubes,
the zygote is little more
than a clump: morula,
named for its resemblance
to a mulberry.
Then fluid fills it
like a balloon, a whole
lot of nothing.
That’s when the mother’s
body moves it
& it takes root in the womb.

This is the call & response
of matrix & matter:
for creative work to happen
you need that opening
without & within.
The stem cells form,
ready for anything.


I think this may be the last post in the Small World series. (If you’re reading via RSS or email, here’s the link to the whole series.)

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).


  1. I liked this series, Dave! More attention should be paid to the mundane, the everyday context of our lives. Easy to say, hard to do.


    1. Thanks so much, Larry. Always good to get this kind of feedback from readers outside the poetry scene, especially from someone who pays as close attention to the world as you do. I’m honored. (Sorry if you experienced any weirdness whilst navigating the series this evening. I was doing some editing and re-ordering.)


  2. Inspired ending – this collection must become a book!


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