I know I'm a cockroach,
it's what I was born.
I might have preferred
to be piglet or faun.

But exactly like you
wasn't given a voice,
had to be what i am
without vestige of choice.

It's not really nice
to be peoples pet hate,
to spend my days dodging
the boot and the bait.

So reach for the Baygon,
but think on this too:
What if you'd been a cockroach
and I had been you?

Norah Boehme