I stare aimlessly while a stink bug – halyomorpha halys,
attempts to insert itself into the crack of
a crock, where the lid seams the sourdough urn

Chagall 2019


it is lured by the culture, the life that is there in the fermenting sourdough starter

I have flicked them from screens and they alight each time
in the spacings between the wood planks that comprise the porch deck

of the family Pentatomidae,
they are masters of the flat squeeze

oddly, they often end up on their backs and are unable to turn over,
an unusual and certainly less-than-preferred characteristic
(with respect to survival-at-large, for any species)

in France, these are
punaise diabolique