A Wasp To Her Roach
I sting you with exquisite care
the bug with two venemous* jabs
now the lame beast’s the pale egg’s lair
in a tale as true as are most
that are culled from the grim facts of state
tan cockroach with venomous jabs
I bring you an emerald fate.
For this day’s NaPoWriMo fun, I googled “the most famous poem in the world”, and it resulted in….?
*the passive-aggressive obsolete form of venomous
For God’s sake, reader! take them not for mine.
An amazing image of the tiny two-lobed brain of a fruit fly larva! It would have been interesting to attempt to paint it… if I understand the licence correctly though, that is verboten.
Photo courtesy of Omer Bayraktar in the laboratory of HHMI investigator Chris Doe, University of Oregon, via HHMI
Ah, almonds! I have always liked those nuts. I am trying out almond milk in my coffee, and am pleasantly impressed. This reminded me of John Conway, who looks a little like Maurice Sendak (to me). Here he is doing something clever with almonds:
It explains a lot about life, no? Look at poor Almond caught between dying of isolation or expiring from claustrophobia. Better to dry-roast and eat it. But that would be nuts. Sorry.
Almond is considered to be one of the earliest domesticated tree nuts. Wild almonds are bitter, the kernel produces deadly cyanide upon mechanical handling, and eating even a few dozen at one sitting can be fatal. Selection of the sweet type, from the many bitter types in wild, marked the beginning of almond domestication.How humans selected the sweet type remains a mystery. (Wikipedia)
This is nice. Nice has a rather shady history:
OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘stupid’): from Old French, from Latin nescius ‘ignorant,’ from nescire ‘not know.’ Other early senses included ‘coy, reserved,’ giving rise to ‘fastidious, scrupulous’: this led both to the sense ‘fine, subtle’ (regarded by some as the “correct” sense), and to the main current senses.(via Google Search)
I will find a better word. How about Aspergillus flavus– such an attractive thing it is. Just look at its aspergillus flavusnice!
But. The game of life being a challenge, one has to consider the effect of mono-crops. (Tons and tons of monkeys!) Fields and fields of almond blossoms, how aspergillus flavus. You need to pass that by the honey bees. This site looks interesting and informative: Bee Informed!
Struck by the Mighty Flighty
My thoughts are flitting and fleeting today, I don’t have anything efficacious to say
There they mull on Massacre Cave, and are off with barely a wave,
yep, to red-eyed fruit flies they link: those are the ones that stink?
they recrudesce to the isle of Eigg’s worth– the first 100% self-sustainable place on earth!
(I have had too much coffee today. Srsly. I am developing an unsustainable alliterative allergy as well.)