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Chasing Cockroaches - Oct. 26, 2023


before flying

they skedaddle

a blur of skinny legs

but unlike a fast typist

blazing over the keyboard

for a deadline document

they move in switchbacks

quite irrationally from fear

desperate to escape under

or through some dark slit

or freeze in a shadow


a foot must be very fast

and very lucky

to smash their retreat

expose the brown juice

from their bodies


even then

they’ll twitch

after they die


probably a shiver

of regret


running

before flying

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