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The Centipede – A Poem

I saw a centipede today

They have the hairiest legs, I say

There you go down the drain

Back to where you once came

A creepy crawler is what you are

The ugliest bug by far

Multiple legs are what you have

Don’t you dare make me mad

I saw you walking down the stairs

Surely you thought I wasn’t aware

One day I saw you on a wall

Got interrupted by a call

In China, they eat you deep-fried or grilled

Which makes me feel very ill

Runaway and hide today

Never come back any day


Man holding Scolopendra giganteaTrinidad, 1961


© Susan Zutautas 2019



12 Comments Post a comment
  1. oh poor critter, hope he didn’t drown … knew there was a good reason I’m vegetarian 🙂
    well written!

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    July 9, 2019
    • That’s what I used to think but now I hear that they bite (some of them). Thanks, Kate!

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      July 9, 2019
      • lol yes they can be poisonous but then we have many spiders, snakes and sharks here .. found that if you respect them they don’t bite 🙂

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        July 9, 2019
  2. map195 #

    nice poem


    July 9, 2019
  3. A most interesting poem, but the end was a big icky for me. Eating bugs just doesn’t appeal to me.


    July 9, 2019
    • Oh, I know what you mean but I found out about them eating the bugs when I was researching them.


      July 9, 2019
  4. Gosh, glad we only have diddy ones 🙂


    July 9, 2019
    • The ones we have here just keep getting bigger and bigger every year.

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      July 9, 2019
      • Yikes. Our diddy ones give me the shivers, but that’s cos they’re small. Don’t know what I’d do if I encountered one of your giants. Probably step back and allow it plenty of room.

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        July 10, 2019
  5. dyannedillon #

    I hate, hate, HAAAAATE those things! We get them in our house and some of them are massive! Like 6 inches long! And they’re QUICK. And they leave a dusty smudge on the wall or ceiling where you smack them. *shudders*

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    July 9, 2019

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