by David Gwilym Anthony
Nell shines among the brightest academics
within the world of entomology.
All bugs enthral her, and the bumble-bee
inspired her noted ‘Insectile Polemics’.
The other day I called around to tell her
I’d spotted her VW in town—
going so fast it nearly ran me down,
and driven by a shifty-looking feller.
“Oh God, he’s got my insects!” Helen cried.
She had my sympathy—it takes such care
to build collections—and I asked her where
they’d been: the boot, or on a seat inside?
“No, neither place; I keep the inside clean:
they’re squashed upon the headlamps and the screen.”