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Hello, I am a praying mantis from the tropics,
a killer really, once I bit off the head of my lover;
and then I ate him, yummy and then I was caught,
I ended up in a pet store until one day she bought me.
I am a strange pet for a girl to have and love,
but it is so, few people realize we make amazing pets;
no weirder than a rat or ferret or snake.
My species is known for courage and fearlessness,
in ancient times we were considered supernatural gods;
but I have no powers except my praying posture,
I like to be perfectly still with my for arms folded in prayer.
Usually my girl feeds me small insects she finds,
once when I was on a stroll I reached into her goldfish bowl;
and ate her goldfish, oh my, was she upset with me,
I like to grip her finger with my long legs.
One day I escaped into the garden, oh delight,
I ate a bunch of bugs by ambush and camouflage;
you see I am the master of disguise,
I can blend into the foliage and any background.
My girl found me when I was trying to resemble a flower,
she said I was a giveaway with my two bulging eyes;
(and three small ones) darn it anyways, almost had freedom,
but in truth I love my girl and the lovely nest she made for me.
She has made it look like my tropical homeland,
with a heater and plants on which I crawl and pray;
there is never a lack of bugs to eat and I do love the light above,
so yes I am an odd pet for a girl to love;
but she calls me beautiful and that makes my wings flutter,
and I go into my praying poise for her to praise . . . 
August 12, 2016

Poetry/Personification/Praying Mantis Pet
Copyright Protected, ID 16-817-962-0
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Date: 8/15/2016 12:03:00 AM
Very well written, Constance. Great personification. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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Date: 8/13/2016 9:09:00 AM
Broken Wings, this is perfect, I have no clue what to do for this contest!!! Good luck :)-luloo
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Date: 8/13/2016 7:52:00 AM
Hi BW, nice write. When I was in the 4th grade I took a cocoon to school in a jar and Praying Mantises hatched out of it. I also had a couple of Ferrets much later. I prefer the Ferrets.
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Date: 8/13/2016 6:02:00 AM
Nice job on the strange theme:) All the best:)
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Date: 8/12/2016 5:55:00 PM
That was great to read, nice job !
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