pausing where lava is cracking the surface
to make sure she doesn't fall through
Half her legs reach out across the fissure,
feeling for a way acrose, while the other half
starts to conjure a trapeze in case that works
she decides to take the tunnel
that an earthworm has burrowed through the air.
Head goes in one end and
out the other, safely across.
The house centipede spits a crystal into the lava,
where it melts, and she undulates