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All glory, praise and gratitude,
        Creator of bugs supreme,
For giving me a cockroach self,
        with admirable self esteem.
My flattened back, my leathery shine,
        my tough and slippery breast,
My bristling legs all grace and speed --
        Oh, how I'm truly blest!

Give me due pride in who I am,
        my longevity and might,  
If some dislike or envy me:
        they've got a problem, right?
Just to exist is beautiful
        without added need to please.
Should I go wrong, I'll try again,
        then cease my apologies.

For my part I rejoice in life,
        modeled, Great God, on thee,
living my low but glorious role
        with joy and fertility.  

from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary



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