eulogy for a cockroach

yesterday
i killed a cockroach
crawling
across
the kitchen stove
smacked
it
with the heel
of my palm
it
flipped on its back and
kicked
and kicked
and 
kicked
i imagine
it cussed 
and prayed
in cockroachese
god!
please!
and 
fuck me running!
alas
it wasn’t
spite
it wasn’t
smite
it committed
no sin
(alas)
i smacked it 
again
with the heal of the palm of the hand of an unkind
ungod
it kicked
no more
i wanted
to cook some chicken
in a clean kitchen
it wanted
to borrow a grain of sugar

12 thoughts on “eulogy for a cockroach”

  1. Gah! I like the cockroach’s plea – likely the way any dying thing feels……but such an encounter in the kitchen would get the same response from me. Only I would have to use a shoe!!!!

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  2. Wait, wait, that was GREGOR SAMSA!! Oh no! He was on a layover at DIA and just stopped in to see the Johnsons. Kafka’s going to have to re-write the script. Maybe this time with Keanu Reeves. Although I think we’d all agree it would be best with Brando as Kurtz – “the horror, the horror.” Great write my freind, you put everything in perspective there at the end.

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    1. well, he should have worn a hat. i would have recognizes him as human if only he wore a hat. that’s what separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom, our love of hats. if fact, if he had worn a hat in kafka’s story, the ending would have been completely different, he would have been beloved and successful in life, no one would have known he was really a cockroach in a stylish fedora (he would have been 3 times the salesman, maybe even salesman of the year!) there’s a poem in this somewhere, i can feel it.

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    1. well, i don’t know about “lovely” heh, but yes, everyday, never overlook the “everyday” poems. remember that master joshu teaches us to always “wash our bowl”. thank you rajani, glad you enjoyed this

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  3. Love qbit saying it was Gregor Samsa. i am happy to say that I never saw a cockroach until I moved to Texas, and have never seen another one since i left, but i saw lots of them while there, even the flying kind. They are so gross. I doubt that your cockroach has the ability to have many thoughts at all, just EAT MAKE BABIES EAT MAKE BABIES. I am the type who carries spiders outside on a letter or in a cup, but things i will gleefully kill are cockroaches, mosquitos and those drain things with a million legs, which I have a full-on horror of. I will also kill ants if they get in the house. I believe that every living thing wants its life as much as I want mine, and that they woke up being what they are just like I did, but i do draw the line at some things.

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    1. i didn’t even know we had cockroaches in colorado until i moved into the building i’m in now. this place is horrible, but its what i can afford at the moment. in don’t see many in my apartment, but when i do, i don’t just kill them, i spray (living things or not, i’ve learned to hate cockroaches) i learned that spiders eat cockroaches, so i never kill or remove spiders, they have earned their keep =)

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