Long-Horned Beetle ( Woodblock print )

Long-Horned Beetle ( Woodblock print )

Beetle ( Woodblock print )

I felt inspired by the pattern on a long-horn beetle ( Macrodontia cervicornis ), the largest beetle in existence, to do a woodblock print.  I haven’t felt inspired enough to write a poem about one, so I found this one posted at mahtrow.com.  A postcard of the woodblock image can be ordered here.

by mahtrow

Quietly he stands alone

Is he thinking
of prose to write
Or is he waiting
for a poem to indite?

not at all,
As if he’s past
“life’s last call.”
Is it the wind
on his antenna?
That gives the allusion (sic)
that there’s life within.

Then with a
practiced art
The front leg
(on the left side) starts
Hinged in at least two places
that can be seen
The beetle
adjust his balance then
Cautiously moves one
then the other of his legs
in number,
Marking him
as an insect family member.

Seemingly he makes
no progress
But that is only
because progress to him and us
is from a different
Distance covered,
at most–tentative.
You look away
What is this?
Oh, land,
He’s gone,
without adieu
And no tracks
to give a clue
But here,
just a moment ago
Moving so
infinitesimally slow
To, I know
not where
And only another Longhorn Beetle
could care.


About poeticmeditations

A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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