Not some beach beauty
Lying supine on its back
With upward knee-bent legs
This is a creepy crawly
Sprayed to its death
Waiting for its last breath
Unable to turn its back
And get back on its feet
Lies inert and helpless
Feels life through its feelers
Vigorously jiggles its skinny legs
Then goes numb and number
It implores – Help! Help! Help!!
Its sight gives us shivers
As we say – Eww! Ick! Yuck!
Whether it‘s some hyper-active – alive and kicking – big red cockroach causing scare all around or a half-dead roach lying on its back, it is always a creepy sight.
Once a roach is sighted, a quick decision has to be made, and thereafter, the whole process of chasing it so as to spray insecticide on it with our shaky hands, and then see it running haywire trying to somehow save its life, is a nightmarish thing.
You do not want to kill it, but what to do.
You’re afraid of him (it) and he’s afraid of you
You can either love them or hate them
You can save yourself or save them.
So, faced with this dire situation that demands immediate action, we cannot help but spray lethal liquid on its shiny creepy body and render it immobile. Having lost all control on its life, he (it) lies completely helpless on its back.
Nowadays I cope better with my Katsaridahobia, Shmobia. With mindful thinking, I have conditioned my mind to cope with it. No, not by trying not to avoid it, rather by looking at it directly for a while. I’ve also learnt to think in terms of inclusiveness. Nothing in this world is ugly. No creature is good or bad.
All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful…The Lord God made them all.
The above picture was self-clicked. For more creepy fun have a look here, but the faint at heart to please stay away from this link.