In praise of the dung beetle

The beetle is a hero,

Whose song is most unsung

It is born, and then it procreates

And thrives by eating dung

The ancient wise Egyptians

(while acknowledging its worth)

Made the bug a symbol

Of life, death and rebirth

They worshiped him as Khepri

Who symbolized the Sun

Rolling through the heavens

With his giant ball of dung

Every Egyptian lady

Her status to reflect

Had a Scarab Beetle necklace

To hang around her neck

We should also praise the beetle

When the weather’s wet and hot

‘Cause we can smell the flowers

Instead of you know what!

Geraldine Forer Spagnoli

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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