Macrophthalmus latifrons

when the weather gets warm
they come scuttling out of their shells
like crabs
beer bottles gripped in their claws

their speech is big but mushy
except when they’re swearing
those four letter words are ones
clearly identifiable
all the way across the street (even indoors)

the only things louder than their mouths
are the mufflers on their cars
you not only hear them coming down your street,
but you know when they turn two blocks down

for them spring is a rite
and their right is to live the only way they choose to know
their dormant season has not been wasted
but rather in preparation
she-crabs also come scuttling

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~ by hannahcsykes on April 22, 2008.

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