are insects considered animals im not sure

 

i trapped a stink bug under a teacup
she was crawling up the speaker of
my family’s desktop computer
and i was trying to listen to
music

i worry about her under there
under the opaque porcelain
painted with violets and gently etched leaves
and rimmed with a gold lip
suffocating her
as she sits
entirely alone
with not even a friend
or a sweetheart
to talk to
about the weather, or russian literature
whatever stinkbugs talk about
probably the ephemerality of
life
something only stinkbugs
can appreciate

i wonder if when i lift it
she will lay there, crispy and dead
her last sight on earth having been
darkness for a few hours
not even the night sky
or the deliberate swat of a
rolled-up newspaper

i wonder if when i lift it
the little world of space beneath the teacup’s dome
that has become the stinkbug’s universe
will reek of the pungent fumes
her only defense from predators

which i suppose is what i was
when i trapped a stink bug under a teacup
but there was nobody my own size
for me to pick on
and of course they would not fit
beneath a teacup
painted with violets and gently etched leaves

— Anne Symons

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