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.