Artwork by Cathy Edmunds
by Cathy Edmunds
Even a gibbous moon fears to shine
on the worms that devour Manichee Toad.
Even a half-dimmed star looks away
as his flesh is consumed, and nibbled and slurped
in punishment for his grotesquerie…
Only the toothwort, devoid of all colouring
pities the loss of a kindred spirit.
Only the small spotted boggle-eyed slug people
weep and wail and gnash their gums
for the loss of Manichee Toad.