Finding a Bug on the Stair

Going down…
A sudden stop!
That thing on the step—
I think it hopped!

It’s strange and striped,
gray and white.
What if it’s poisonous?
What if it bites?

What if it flies?
What if it stings?
It looks as though
it might have wings!

Dear, bring the swatter!
Please come and deal
with this thing!
It makes me squeal!

I’ve never seen
Such a weird bug!
I’ll dare to lean…

…a little closer…
…my stomach quakes…
I’m holding my breath…

Oh! My mistake.

It’s just a bean.

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