WHO SAYS YOU’RE A LADY?
After three days dead on the kitchen
table, we hope thousands of her brothers
and sisters get the death notice.
And our warning, “You are not
welcome here.” We sit at dinner,
staring between green beans and apple
pie, daring each other to remove it.
Still, we are satisfied. One is deceased,
incapable of foul odors, obnoxious
orange trails, or bites when least
expected. We hold vigil,
take our chances on luck.
Author’s Comment: Living on top of a mountain is great until hordes of ladybugs invade. This poem is a celebration of every dead ladybug found in the author’s home.
Bio: Melissa “Mel” Hager is a resident of Taylorsville, NC. She has been published in Wild Goose Poetry Review, 234, The Lyricist, Bloodshot Journal of Contemporary Culture, and in various newspaper articles. She is a contributor to Art of Poetry at the Hickory Museum of Art and won 3rd place in the Spring 2013 Poetry Council of NC’s Poetry Slam competition. As the children’s librarian for Alexander County Library, her mission is to encourage youth to explore written and artistic expression.