John Grey
I am a cockroach
enamored of your
day-to-day company

an ancient species
with far more time
logged on this Earth
than man

but more than willing to exploit
his shoddiness and sloppiness
so I and my kind can survive

and speaking of my fellow creatures
wherever there’s one of me
there’s likely a thousand more

breaking down your pitiable defenses
those pitiable poisons
puttied cracks

at a pace
your family blueprint
cannot imagine

in walls
under floorboards
anywhere dark
anyplace hidden

and chances are
with our super-adaptability
we’ll outlive your race

so greetings for now
commiserations for later


The preview for this piece is a derivative of “Cockroach” by John Salzarulo, used under CC BY.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Soundings East, Dalhousie Review and Connecticut River Review. Latest book, “Leaves On Pages” is available through Amazon.