The St. Helena Giant Earwig is from a tiny patch of land on a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
The island was first discovered by humans in 1502. Until then the Giant Earwig had lived on the desert plains for millions of years, hiding under scattered rocks by day and emerging at night to forage. Humans came and took the rocks to build things.
The earwig was last seen alive in 1967. Special expeditions have searched for it since then, but it is now believed to be extinct. There are many other animals on this isolated island ecosystem still unknown to science whose survival is threatened by a proposal to build St.Helena’s first human landing strip.
I wonder how many families I break up every time I kick a stone
How many quiet voices I never hear
In whose home I make myself comfortable
What dies with my breath
Who is it, after all, that I kill in in my sleep, and fiercely protect when I wake?