We named this creature because of our fear,
now fear this creature because of its name.
An insect we greet with scowl and sneer,
an innocent insect living in shame.
Spare this poor creature, give pity, not blame,
a victim of slander, a scandal severe.
For an Earwig is not this great scourge of fame,
an Earwig’s a wig which is worn on the ear.