MOTHER MOSQUITO'S MOTET
Sing with bizz and buzz and zing
To the God of Everything,
Who has made mosquitoes proud
To rank high above the crowd.
It’s a female happening,
When mosquitoes start to
Since the thirsting in our
Doesn’t move male counterparts.
Valiant Sisters, then, are we
Giving thanks, O God, to thee,
Who has made us Mercy Nuns,
Drawing blood - for little ones,
Not ourselves! We simply
For blood donors - who are
With a chance to do some
For the humble - as they
Alas, we’ve heard our caring rites
Falsely called “mosquito bites,”
No! Our hypodermic nose
Simply probes, then IN it goes!
Out comes blood! We flash
Before a slap can spoil our
And swim triumphant through
Home in time for evening
O Spirit, who makes all things new,
Give us strength and courage too
To ask the rich to share their grace,
To make this earth a better place.
from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary