The Fieldstone Review

Of What I Have Always Known

For my next trick I will devastate all insects

I'll begin with what I have always known
as potato bugs, though they're called
something useful around here

Then I'll move on to earwigs, centipedes, ants that bite

And the cosmic range of those in flight

And balconies
potted plants
flimsy window screens
patio doors
knives in blocks
heavy televisions


Another trick will involve jealous cats and cribs
but I can't explain the subtleties here

Another turns junk mail into edible oil products;
another conquers carcinogens (but not cancer)

I will need a volunteer