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time's survivor (ode to the cockroach)
by Alexandre J Arnau
Sunday, April 03, 2005
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i watch
the cockroach
cross the floor
in appreciation
as i fight my body's
rebellion again

i understand
they stamp you out
but you keep coming
broken antennae
leading you
to tribal grounds

what's another
million years?

and quivering
i wiggle my toe
just to make sure
i can
two decades of the flu
and a life on this couch

what do you tell
your clan
when you return home?
are their compound eyes
filled with magic?
fell beasts?
fantastic monuments?
a baleful eye
from the eastern sky?
do they wave their
around the campfire
in a dance
to call favors
from the gods
of scavenging?

you inspire me
with your aeons old
who have scurried across
deserts of  time
and triumphed
again and again
while i lay
sick on my couch
and pitifully

the returning hero
of the kitchen floor
saviour of his people
brave midnight warrior
who witnessed the end
of a jurassic empire...



chalk one up
for our side.

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

*shivers* I hate cockroaches--but if they inspire you, go for it!

Interesting anology: they don't die easily, man should be so fortunate.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by jude forese
excellent poem on the fragility of the human condition in comparison to those industructable little suckers ...
Reviewed by L. Figgins
LOL! I like this write, allthough I squirmed through it. It's true, the cockroaches have survived everything we've tried to exterminate them with. They just come back even stronger. I suppose that if it ever comes to a Nuclear hollocaust, the damn roaches will survive it and take over the earth! Hope you feel better, A.
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