Academic journal article TriQuarterly

The Entomologist

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

The Entomologist

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He knows now why insects will Inherit the earth, your basic Roach as prehistoric as a shark Asphyxiating in an oil slick, Your basic ant colony Overpopulated as any homo-sapiens City, with greater overall bio- Mass. You have to admire them, The compound eyes and antennae, Exoskeletons of armor, stylets Sharp as ice pick, enough poison In a scorpion to halt the heart. So easy then to fall in love With bugs as a boy, memorizing Phyla while his parents fought On a farm in Pennsylvania. He would slip to the flowering Meadow with a canning jar Whose lid had no holes for air, Mini coliseum, the specimens He caught, the gladiators: Lady-, water-, and lightningbugs, Butter-, horse-, and dragonflies, Roaches, hornets, honeybees -- Whatever a boy could trap. He'd shake them up And put the jar to his ear As if holding a conch To hear the ocean, marveling At the hum of aerial insects As they attacked the hand- Held glass, not each other, The crawlers on the bottom Racing around the perimeter, Playing dead. …

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