Daymare

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He is a beetle

He has not openly stated his goal




For some time now [it's reported]

he has been trying to self right

But he must have dozed off in the briefing

or been issued a faulty righting unit

because he is shit at it




              His inverted pacing is constant

              No bursts of panic

              No pausing to invite any doubt

              He is focused




I remember when I first saw him

heading back to the pool

I received a handover on the situation

Following     three ___ paused ___ thoughts ___

I offered to help




I focused on the fact that no one had said




              'Do not touch those

              samurai armoured

              dish antennared

              chunky arse beetles'




              So ___




after turning his substantial mass rightways

I set down my airlift palm and he strolled aboard

Targeted destination:

              under a bush




              He was such an enticing freak

              Totally grateful

              Completely co-operative ___ Until

              he just became a little too

              clingy




As his grasps of preservation increased

pinning my hand through his 6 barbed legs

I heard instruction from my instinct libraries




              'Put the

              samurai armoured

              dish antennared

              chunky arse beetle down'




I turned over my hand ___

He tightened his innocent grip

I shook my palm downward ___

He held on more mightily




A switch in my urbanised brain was then thrown

and with a pulse booming recoiling flick

his olive-self barreled away through our air













              Embarrassed ___

              I made an apology

              for my out scaled reaction













And now back on the tiled walkway

he did take a pause

perhaps checking in with the reference

of his own survival library




              Then immune to resentment

              and as if time was un-necessary

              he ambled off ___




                                               up the right way