Praying Mantis

Thought about doing something clever for today. Decided not to, April Fool’s just isn’t that amusing to me.

Praying Mantis by Mary Ann Hoberman

That praying mantis over there
Is really not engaged in prayer.
That praying mantis that you see
Is really preying (with an “e”).
It preys upon the garter snake.
It preys upon the bumblebee.
It preys upon the cabbage worm,
The wasp, the fly, the moth, the flea.
(And sometimes if its need is great,
It even preys upon its mate.)

With prey and preying both so endless,
It tends to end up rather friendless
And seldom is commended much
Except by gardeners and such.

Praying Mantis

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