Poem to a Cockroach
Posted by Richard Conniff on September 16, 2013
Going through my father’s papers, I came across a poem I wrote in about 1980.
It was an homage to the Robert Burns poem “To a Mouse“:
TO A ROACH WHO JOINED ME
FOR DINNER AT AN ELEGANT RESTAURANT
Omnivorous, fat, and brazen bug,
Making this tablecloth your rug,
Stirs there no panic in thy thorax
Of Roach Motel, Bug Getter, Borax?
Of anthropocentric folk who’d like
To stop your crawling with a spike?
Would you restore the social union
Of Man and Nature in communion
Here amidst the silverware?
Roach bold! Roach brave! Roach debonair!
Roach feasting on my butter stain,
My olive pits, my spilled champagne!
On tabletop where all can see
We’re joined in sweet ecology,
Blattidae blessed, ever friend!
But brotherhood’s boring. Crunch! The end.
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