Leg World

by Kevin T. McEneaney

Welcome the leafhopper into your life,

an insect with twenty thousand species

dressed in varied, rainbow striping.


What would life be like if humans

harbored twenty thousand species?

Like us, they have two front eyes on their head,

although sport four legs, plus two antennae.

It would be cool if we had two antennae

to aid in sensory exploration

and exchange of phenomes with sex info,

but perhaps less stimulation is best,

yet I think hopping better than walking.


Compared to many species of insects,

we are more clever, yet pedestrian.