An inordinate fondness for beetles

An inordinate fondness for beetles

 In the cabinet, staged on slips:

Wallace’s Longhorn Beetle,

 

Darwin’s Stag Beetle,

CERAMBRYX, Linnaeus 1758,

 

black entomological pins

skewer them to cards, inscribed

 

with genus, species – a scuttle

of capricorn beetles

 

with the name of each collector

of the type specimen Indian inked.

 

No sign of the Devil’s

Coach-Horse or the Rainy Bat,

 

still less the Woodland Dor

Beetle seen in the Forest of Dean

 

waving its violet-hued legs

in defiance of taxonomy.

 

Written following a Poetry School workshop at Manchester Museum and published on line on Campus.