Darwin's Mouth

And out of the mouth
the beetle rides an acrid river
of spittle.
 
Having
embittered the palate, it returns
to the rainforest, a rare
 
specimen with three sets of wings:
one covers the face,
one the feet, & with the last
 
it flies. The scarab hides a lantern
in the banana
leaf
 
where it waits considering
suitors for its
jade light. No matter the jaguar
 
or the sloth
the beetle recesses into sanctum
&, all but forgotten, finds
 
itself next to impossible.

Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.