Eulogy for the Royals’ Rally Mantis
We gather to remember now
The Rally Mantis bug
Which brought good luck and (mostly) wins;
Our heartstrings did it tug.
It loved its leaves, its tiny hutch;
It lived a life of ease,
Appreciated very much
By players it did please.
For teammates of this baseball sport
(A superstitious lot)
Are always looking for an edge —
Yes, which this mantis brought.
For any insect honored thus,
A recognition rare;
Alas, our Rally Mantis — gone!
It hasn’t got a prayer.
Don Munday, email@example.com