longitudinal anopheles


as i water the garden at sunset
a bat darts past my head,
inches from my ear--
saving me, i choose to believe,
from a mosquito.
somewhere in the dark,
i have a hero.

-- sylvester hobson

Image info: Illustration from The Animal Parasites of Man by H. B. Fantham, J. W. W. Stephens, Sir Alfred Jones and F. V. Theobald, 1920; modified by me using LunaPic