Thursday, February 21, 2013

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis
by Steve Tomasko

Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly; insects, it seems, gotta do one
horrible thing after another.   — Annie Dillard

The horrible thing is not
that she eats his head
while he’s mating with her.
And it’s not that he moves
faster without his head.

Well, actually,
that is the horrible thing.

~ first published in Verse Wisconsin