You’re a goddess to the Khoi,

Luckily I’m not one of them.

I will not bow my head so you can prey on me.

I know it’s your favourite dish,

But on mine you’ll not feast.

And now that we have mated I shall dismount quick,

Quicker with my feet than when we had our courtship dance.

Staggering side to side like the way you move;

Wounded but alive, bitten but not poisoned.

Looking back – I adore and abhor your colours,

Your beautiful camouflage!


© Heath Muchena, 2013

One Comment on “Mantis”

  1. MissFit says:

    i loved this before I knew what Khoi meant… upon looking up the definition of Khoi, I am humbled.


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