Treasure Island

Ogden Nash

(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

The Praying Mantis


From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
glimpse the grin, green metal mug
at masks the pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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