alexandre arnau

Rookie (9.26.72 -? / new york city)

Time's Survivor (Ode To The Cockroach) - Poem by alexandre arnau

i watch
the cockroach
cross the floor
in appreciation
as i fight my body's
rebellion again

i understand
they stamp you out
but you keep coming
broken antennae
leading you
to tribal grounds

what's another
million years?

and quivering
i wiggle my toe
just to make sure
i can
two decades of the flu
and a life on this couch

what do you tell
your clan
when you return home?
are their compound eyes
filled with magic?
fell beasts?
fantastic monuments?
a baleful eye
from the eastern sky?
do they wave their
around the campfire
in a dance
to call favors
from the gods
of scavenging?

you inspire me
with your aeons old
who have scurried across
deserts of time
and triumphed
again and again
while i lay
sick on my couch
and pitifully

the returning hero
of the kitchen floor
saviour of his people
brave midnight warrior
who witnessed the end
of a jurassic empire...

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 21, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, May 17, 2010

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