Sunday, February 17, 2008

I live on...

We roamed the world where mammoths tread
The ice age left us undeterred!
We flew around where dinosaurs loomed
And to buzz around their ears we knew no fear!
We went along to the unicorn land,
And as they flew we flew beside...
When Dumbo flew with his big floppy ears
We were there buzzing sing song in the air
We went to the land of the terrible tigers
In the marshy plains of the Sunder bans
And to the land of desert storms
Amidst the tall camels.
We hopped along with the Kangaroos
And did a dance on the elephant backs
We flew across the river Nile
And beyond the Rockies we passed.
Far along the forests of the Amazon
And the colors of Hong Kong
To the land of the ancestors
In the ancient Greek land.
Wonder who I am don't you?
I am your house guest cockroach,
Who torments you every day!

And today I have come here to say...
I have traveled far and beyond,
To places man never tread on!
And as we flew through the ages

Time has traveled on!

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This is in response to Writer's Island prompt Time Travel!
There are more than 4000 species of roaches in the world and it has lived on for the past 320 Million years... They have seen the world like none of us ever have and they live on without evolving .. they are perfect as they are!
{Edited to add.. I feel like I have to apologize for the final let down... many have commented on how after all the beauty comes the revelation of the disgusting cockroach... sorry about that.. but thats the fun of it.. and the twist in the tale!!}

21 comments:

tumblewords said...

How cool! Learned something new, too! Nice take on the prompt...

Crafty Green Poet said...

ah yes the indestructible eternal cockroach, very good!

keith hillman said...

What a great piece! Did you know that a headless roach lives for 15days until the body dies of starvation? And the roach is the only creature that would survive a nuclear attack? Tough little devils and my constant enemy in the catering business!

Cricket's Hearth said...

I have heard roaches are very tough little creatures, but had not thought of them in this way...having lived so long.

Thinking aloud said...

That was an interesting take on the prompt...but i do hate them..esp the winged ones !!!!

Pri said...

haha! nice one...brought a big grin to my face...:D

wish roaches could read...they would surely be flattered ;p

cheers!!

Whitesnake said...

Beautifully put........ :-)

Brian said...

Somethings never change. :)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

gautami tripathy said...

Good one!

Vishnupriya Janardhanan said...

lol and i thought it was mosquitoes!! the lil Roachy devils!!They sure are tuff. . .'Cant live with them cant exterminate them'

Rambler said...

hey excellent idea Preethi :)..you know I used to nick name my mom as a cockroach because she always moved after the lights are switched off at the home :)

Preethi said...

All - thanks so much for your comments.. This was a fun poem to write.. the indestructible cockroach.. I personally hate them and they completely freak me out!!

rayshma said...

u know i'd done a post on how someone i know reminds me of a roach.... interesting piece this.... :)

UL said...

eeek..those 'roaches have my skin crawling...pti

anthonynorth said...

The most successful lifeform on the planet - the insect. It even survives nuclear explosions.
And we think we're cool :-)

Selma said...

This post made me smile. There are lots of cockroaches in Sydney and they do seem like they could survive anything. You write well and I think you have a knack for children's fiction. You should look at developing it!

Jeques said...

The later parts are unexpected. I was already carried away by the really great start, feeling "high" with your poetry but then the unexpected came. . .

I have to readjust my mood to totally absorb what this poem wanted to say which was a surprise in the end. But then again, my thoughts would still veer in the beautiful beginning. I hate roaches!

I wish you well.

~ Jeques

Preethi said...

Selma - wow you just made my day.. will start thinking along those lines! thanks!
Jeques - Sorry.. was it a let down?? haha.. just a little twist a the end.. thats what life is about don't you think??

Linda Jacobs said...

I felt like I was on a magic carpet ride...until the roaches! Too funny!

LittleWing said...

survivors!!!... heck all i know is when their bigger than me and fly... that's scary..

Galadriel said...

you have a beautiful blog here.some talent!