Uncanny

The origin of adults
is shrouded in mystery.
Nothing is known
about what they first looked like
or the circumstances
that made their appearance possible.
Identification is complicated
by extreme variability.
Nomenclature is incredibly jumbled,
and species are juggled about
with capricious ease.
Many can change
their proportions
drastically, become
extremely contracted
or unnaturally distorted.
Sharply toothed, they may
be mistaken for ghosts,
but they break into pieces
at the slightest provocation,
so are best left alone.

Claire Bateman, 2018

Remixed works:

The Audubon Society Field GuideĀ Series
The Peterson Field Guide Series