Death Of A Cockroach

Rating: 2.9
I opened wide the bath-room door,
And all at once switched on the light,
When moving swift across the floor
I saw a streak of ebon bright:
Then quick, with slipper in my hand,
Before it could escape,--I slammed.
I missed it once, I missed it twice,
But got it ere it gained its lair.
I fear my words were far from nice,
Though d----s with me are rather rare:
Then lo! I thought that dying roach
Regarded me with some reproach.

Said I: "Don't think I grudge you breath;
I hate to spill your greenish gore,
But why did you invite your death
By straying on my bath-room floor?"
"It is because," said he (or she),
"Adventure is my destiny.

"By evolution I was planned,
And marvellously made as you;
And I am led to understand
The selfsame God conceived us two:
Sire, though the coup de grâce you give,
Even a roach has right to live."

Said I: "Of course you have a right,--
But not to blot my bath-room floor.
Yet though with slipper I may smite,
Your doom I morally deplore . . .
From cellar gloom to stellar space
Let bards and beetles have their place.
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COMMENTS
Terry Craddock 25 April 2015
Yet though with slipper I may smite, Your doom I morally deplore... From cellar gloom to stellar space Let bards and beetles have their place. wow kinda makes the death of a cockroach cosmic, best cockroach poem I have ever read :)
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Shylendra K S 25 April 2015
Very realistic and experience of all. Optly brought down as a poem.
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Michael Walker 25 April 2015
What drivel! As if you could write a poem about such a revolting, dirty creature. M. Walker.
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Kim Barney 25 April 2015
One of my favorite poets showing his great sense of humor.
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Chinedu Dike 25 April 2015
A lovely narrative piece, well articulated and penned with conviction.
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Ging Taping 25 April 2015
It simple but deep.. I am also a killer roach :) Now I feel sorry.I feel guilty But to depend myself roach scared me So i spank with my slipper and kill roach to death. Lol.. Nice one
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Richard Blay 25 April 2015
Nicely written and very deep
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From cellar gloom to stellar space Let bards and beetles have their place Well how is this peaceful co-existence possible is the big question. Thought-provoking poem.
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Thomas Duncky 25 April 2015
I love Robert William Service, he never disappoints with his philosophical views of life and the world
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