ATTENTION: KEEP AWAY FROM SMALL CHILDREN, PETS
AND DELICATE SURFACES. AVOID EYE CONTACT.
No problem, I said silently
to the Nature’s Miracle perched
on my desk
which like everything else beginning with I
was hermetically sealed inside
my condo guarded by coiffured palms
and moated by hibiscus spires
against the street.
I barricaded the opening with my claw
(which was meant to be used for mating
duels, but which has been spared
for this short life’s duration
that damaging ordeal.)
Image: “Coenobita clypeatus hiding in its shell, shown in two different angles.” By ZooFari – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15551319