The Spoon Worm's Lament
In her book, Dr. Judson writes about
powerful babes, noting that females in
more than 80 species... have been caught
devouring their lovers before, during or
after mating. “I’m particularly fond... of the
green spoon worm.... The male is 200,000
times smaller, effectively a little parasite
who lives in her reproductive tract,
fertilizing her eggs and regurgitating
sperm through his mouth.”
-- New York Times, July 9, 2003
My love is like a giant cave
I slog through in the dark.
She doesn’t seem to know or crave
affection. Still, I mark
My passage through her vast demesne
with love notes that I spew.
My courtship’s neither fine nor clean,
but what else can I do?
And then there’s the tiny female
midge, who plunges her proboscis
into the male midge’s head during
procreation.... “Her spittle turns
his innards to soup, which she slurps up,
drinking until she’s sucked him dry.”
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
at least till I am done.
They told me loving isn’t wise;
I find that that’s an un-
derstatement. Sweet, restrain your thirst
till I complete this act.
Lest I conclude all love is cursed,
refrain, dear, and retract!