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Song of the Entomologist

Elizabeth Tibbetts
From Prairie Schooner, Vol. 84, No. 4 (Winter 2010)

Now, blowflies the size of dimes
appear on windows and walls,
and carpenter ants eat the house
inside out and send out scouts.

Soon, earwigs will fall from laundry
fresh off the line, and mosquitoes
whine in the bedroom all night.
Angleworms will tunnel in the dark,

and night crawlers, quick and slick
as your tongue, will stretch beneath
the pale moon. Bees will build comb
and honey from miles of flight

while monarchs lay eggs on milkweed,
and Japanese beetles glitter on roses.
And I will feast on you, and spiders
will weave their beautiful traps in the grass.