Conversation with a Pine Beetle

Crawling slowly

Across the pseudo-marble linoleum floor

Lifting brown legs deliberately

Stretch one up

Higher than practical

Ever so slowly

Set it back down

And move on to the next.

Take your time little beetle

I'm surprised to see

You don't scurry off

Like any normal bug

Little pine beetle,

I could kill you if I'd like

But I'd rather watch your display

You're nothing like I've ever seen and

You could be my hero


By not conforming to the crowd

My friend, I think I'll call you Joe.


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