08/14/2013 06:45 am ET Updated Oct 14, 2013

Featured Fifty Poetry: Re: Alterity

At 50, Tina Dybvik began writing books for students who like art and science. Recent titles include Space Cowboy Caleb and the Night Sky Round Up and Sadie's Seed Adventures (Picture Window Books, 2013).

My poetry explores traditional verse from a natural history perspective, and 'Re: Alterity' takes epistle form as a creepy, crawly letter of introduction.

Re: Alterity

I am the nastiest creature to curse

the fragments of forest edge habitats,

a flattened arachnid of prairie grass;

beware the disturbance of my blood-thirst.

Warm mammal who tramples the earth unchecked,

my purpose is single and pestilent:

to ratchet the dermal, a malcontent,

a freckle, unnoticed as I infect

with clawing, tickling incubation

and spirochetal regurgitation,

- The Mite

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