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April 1, 2010

“Marmorated Stink Bugs”

like tiny tanks
they find cracked glass,
a slit screen, the hole
behind the oven.

they hitched from Guangzhou
to Allentown in a crated barge
of children’s toys
or cheap sunglasses.

their fluted backs
and striped antennae
ought to bear the fine white print–
MADE IN CHINA.

flicking on the lights
you send one sailing
from the sconces
to the cat’s padded paws,

and find a postcard raft
to guide him on,
stooping to let him pass
outside in his foreign home.

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