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Hexapod Haiku 2018 – best in show (poet over 13)

Slowly falling down, Insecticides stole my prime. Death by lack of breath. Brian Wood Edmond, OK Judges’ Comments: The poem paints a heartbreaking portrait of physical suffering and premature death, serving, perhaps, as a modern Silent Spring. We see dual, overlapping protagonists — one human, one hexapodous — each suffering at the hands of some unnamed chemical, until, inevitably, they are each robbed of their vitality. The irony is that toxins intended to promote human health, e.g., by extirpating insect…

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