On Contemplating the Beauty of an Animal Skull Picked Clean Or Fifteen Hundred Dermestid Beetles Available on Amazon $49.11 & Free Shipping
The Great Chain of Being
begins with God
ends with dirt.
Beetles rank below the pretty insects
like ladybugs and dragonflies
and behind useful insects,
the spiders and the honeybees.
Dermestid beetles occupy
the "unpleasant insect" place,
which puzzles me.
If cleanliness is next to godliness,
this beetle clean-up crew should get its due.
Oh, the wonders of the secret chambers
they can masticate through--even me, even you
Nancy Harris McLelland taught creative writing, composition, and literature for over twenty years and Conducted writing workshops for the Western Folklife Center, Great Basin College , and the Great Basin Writing Project . An Elko County native with a background in ranching. McLelland has presented her "Poems from Tuscarora" Both at daytime and evening events at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. Her essay, "Border Lands: Cowboy Poetry and the Literary Canon" is in the anthology Cowboy Poetry Matters .