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Death Of A Cockroach - Poem by Robert William Service

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.


Comments about Death Of A Cockroach by Robert William Service

  • Gold Star - 87,678 Points Terry Craddock (4/25/2015 11:48:00 PM)

    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 :) (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 65 Points Shylendra K S (4/25/2015 9:15:00 PM)

    Very realistic and experience of all. Optly brought down as a poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 34,474 Points Michael Walker (4/25/2015 9:14:00 PM)

    What drivel! As if you could write a poem about such a revolting, dirty creature. M. Walker. (Report) Reply

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  2. 52. Death , Heinrich Heine
  3. 53. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
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  5. 55. Enemy Of Death , Salvatore Quasimodo
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  14. 64. A Death - Scene , Emily Jane Brontë
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  16. 66. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  17. 67. Death The Leveller , James Shirley
  18. 68. Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) , Heinrich Heine
  19. 69. The Morning That Death Was Killed , Steve Turner
  20. 70. Bereavement In Their Death To Feel , Emily Dickinson
  21. 71. The Death Of Autumn , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  22. 72. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
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  26. 76. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
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  28. 78. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  29. 79. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  30. 80. Death Is Potential To That Man , Emily Dickinson
  31. 81. Death Sets A Thing Of Signigicant , Emily Dickinson
  32. 82. Love And Death , Sara Teasdale
  33. 83. Death Snips Proud Men , Carl Sandburg
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  36. 86. Death Of A Believer , Rudyard Kipling
  37. 87. Hymn To Death , William Cullen Bryant
  38. 88. It Was Not Death, For I Stood Up, , Emily Dickinson
  39. 89. Death , Thomas Hood
  40. 90. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low , Walter Savage Landor
  41. 91. Death , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  42. 92. For Death—or Rather , Emily Dickinson
  43. 93. On The Death Of J.C. An Infant , Phillis Wheatley
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  45. 95. Elegy Before Death , Edna St. Vincent Millay
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  47. 97. The Death And Last Confession Of Wanderi.. , Hilaire Belloc
  48. 98. Whispers Of Heavenly Death , Walt Whitman
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  50. 100. Death , Bill Knott
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