Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Dermaptera" by Ross Balcom, Frequent Contributor

Dermaptera
Ross Balcom

Dermaptera
my brain teeming
with earwigs

Dermaptera
a new consciousness,
a new song

Dermaptera
their forceps
seize the sky

Dermaptera
a new heaven,
a new earth

Dermaptera
let the brain-eaters
open the way

Poet's Notes: Earwigs (the many species of which comprise the order Dermaptera) are among my favorite insects. There is a discredited folk belief that they crawl into people's ears and then eat their brains. What fun! In this poem, the destruction of the brain by earwigs is linked to radically expanded consciousness and the renewal of creation ("a new heaven, a new earth"). (Some may catch the reference to the Book of Revelation in the Bible.) Oh, how I adore earwigs!

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