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beetle, age 1, survived by my existential crisis

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By 0hgravity
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why did I fixate on the dead beetle
its pearlescent green body shimmering 
in spite of the dull asphalt

never having wondered at a dead fly
curled on a windowsill or a spider
small, uninteresting, hairy, and black
killed as it crawled toward me --
the trudge across my desk less like
an attack and more like a journey
an exploration, on retrospection
harmless, lonely even

but I miss the life of the beetle
I mourn it -- a shade casts
upon my countenance 
at the sight of this gone thing
lying on its side 
as if to sleep for a moment
only to be stolen away
by a failing heart maybe

where are the obituaries
for the worms flooded
from their homes and drowned
their brown bodies cast
about the stark white sidewalk
like soldiers fallen
on a barren battlefield

remembrance
for bright red ladybugs,
soft, yellow bumblebees
green jewel beetles

with suddenness
I faced the cruelty of life.
and yes, in the end, I answered my own question.
I think.
or sometimes a pipe is just a pipe, right?
we all have the magpie eye now and again.
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This poem is entered in CRLiterature's April Poetry Contest.
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Porsheee's avatar

Wow, I love this. Recently, I almost started crying because I cut a flower and put it in a vase and it died. Sometimes a flower is a flower, a spider is a spider, and sometimes life, all life, is sacred. Congrats on the well deserved DD!

Lonewolf-Sparrowhawk's avatar

Charlotte was a spider; spiders are not our enemies. :tears:

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PolarAnemone's avatar

the trudge across my desk less like

an attack and more like a journey

an exploration, on retrospection

harmless, lonely even


Profound and beautiful, in a strange morbid way. Congratulations on the DD. :+fav:

Calmaffine's avatar

Amazing work!

I loved every life of this!

Also, belated congratulations on a much deserved DD!

LindArtz's avatar

Wonderful work!!! :) !!!

Congratulations on your Much deserved, DD! :clap: !!!

PoeticEden's avatar

Beautiful piece! And relatable, too. Under normal circumstances, I don't think twice about the death of an insect; however, I would be remiss if I failed to mention the time I saw a butterfly, still half alive, with torn wings. Damn thing nearly made me cry -- it was so fragile, still clinging to life, and I knew it would never fly again. Anyway. Congrats on the DD!! And well done!

Malintra-Shadowmoon's avatar

Congratulations on your well-deserved DD. :)

Lintu47's avatar

Congrats on the Daily Deviation! (:

Have a nice day and stay safe! ❤️

weaponx1486's avatar
intriguing story, yes everything is eating someone else's the spider the fly or the mosquitoes or we would be covered in these insects! reflection of the cycle of life, death and renewal
JessaMar's avatar

This is delightfully thought-provoking.

YouInventedMe's avatar
That third strophe is particularly great and the close is fantastic.
Story-of-a-Mind's avatar
Even the tiniest things show us the essence of life on this earth, the cruelty and the beauty of it. Your poem captures both with finely woven lines and emotions shimmering between them. As long as we have this, the ability to value and moarn for the smallest lives, there is still hope for humanity.
0hgravity's avatar
well said! and thank you for the kind words :heart:
ilyilaice's avatar
Love the allegorical feel of this!
onthemoonpoetry's avatar

Great voice and message. Vivid imagery, too. Great work!

0hgravity's avatar
ah, thank you for the kind words :heart:
beeswingblue's avatar
I really like this. The metaphor -- and the language -- are very strong. And I can see the beetle and the fly et. al in my mind. Nicely done. :heart:
0hgravity's avatar
thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it :heart:
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