The Adaptive Foraging Hypothesis

we formed a huddle
around the hot wheels track
and watched the insects
that we had stolen from the veranda
after hearing Aunt Charlotte
exclaim that there were
praying mantises outside

the male held onto the female’s back
with his skinny legs
and carefully inseminated her
rocking forward and backward

the female turned her oblong head around
and began to chew into his face
and slowly ate his entire head
as he gave his last few thrusts

we, very bored by now
placed a little red corvette
at the top of the ramp
and cheered as it
sped down the raceway

to thud dully into his carcass
as the impregnated female
flew out the window