althaea blattaria

there is something inside myself
soft and sweet as fresh marshmallow
but somewhat more alive—

there it is
over in the corner
scuttering away by the baseboards
not in its persistence to be underestimated
it can in its reshaping shape itself from animal to plant
like a weed grown out of the spot where a cockroach was crushed underfoot
such a mess—there!

wth this strap-cutter and its single-edged blade,
i can excise this thing
it will take only a few deft strokes to remove

(Copyright 2023 by Tetman Callis.)

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