As I was preparing to be lulled into sleep in my bed
Suddenly I felt a slight tremor on top of the mosquito net
I was jolted awake and stared straight in a pair of terrified eyes
And two diabolical looking antenna rising high
With a throbbing heart I peered and recognized
That the visitor was a praying mantis who was utterly petrified
I asked the praying mantis, what wind brought you up on the net?
Did you lose your way or came in search of food?
The Mantis seemed to open his mouth as if to speak,
I inched forward my head for a closer peek.
The mantis said: He had to come because we humans are freaks,
We have usurped animal kingdom, forcefully reducing them to pets
We never stop to think before the balance of nature is upset
Animate to inanimate all are part of one set
Pushing the boundary inordinately would annihilation whet
The mantis appealed: Let’s not encroach on each other’s boundaries
Nor covet more than what is required of Nature’s bounties
Let us henceforth be neighbours exemplary.
As I was thinking that I would now be able to bridge the gulf
Between this Mantis and I as a representative of civilized homosapien
The Mantis having delivered his message of plight
Hopped off from the top of the mosquito net
And vanished from my sight
I was left alone to decode his message concealed
Of initiating timely intervention
And set future course all right.
© Paromita Mukherjee Ojha, August 2015