THIS IS A YEAR OF THE DRAGON CONTEST ENTRY
The Great Equalizer in the Crevices
Cockroaches are a real bitch -- for everyone. (225 words)
People like to pretend cockroaches can’t find them
high up in their condos
or on the hill
in their big new houses.
But the secret is
that they will find you
no matter where you are.
Like so many dirty secrets
they creep in,
and seep in
through the cracks of our lives.
They will find you and make their home
in your home
or your head
just like the disgusting things we all say
One way or another,
they always seem to find
And there is no amount of money that will keep them from doing so.
Even if you spray,
or fill your home with those little roach motels,
like magnets to human residue.
The eggs they laid will hatch after the exterminators are gone.
Or they will avoid the traps
that you set for them.
And you’re stuck with them
just like everybody else.
The buggers are completely indifferent
to your social status
or what school you went to.
The only thing that will ward them off
is true cleanliness
and the truth is,
no one is that damn squeaky clean.
Even if you don’t know they’re there,
for the lights to go out
so they can feed on things
you usually can’t even see.