Two Men

by Edwin Arlington Robinson

This is a poem I've loved since childhood, and Two Creatures above was clearly based around it. I have a mating pair of giant millipedes (Archispirostreptus gigas) who live in a glass tank in my flat, and I named them Melchizedek and Ucalegon because of this poem. (Ucalegon is the female. I would tell you more about them, because I am very fond of them, but I risk terrifying half my readers.)

There be two men of all mankind
That I should like to know about;
But search and question where I will,
I cannot ever find them out.

Melchizedek, he praised the Lord,
And gave some wine to Abraham;
But who can tell what else he did
Must be more learned than I am.

Ucalegon, he lost his house
When Agamemnon came to Troy;
But who can tell me who he was:
I'll pray the gods to give him joy.

There be two men of all mankind
That I'm forever thinking on:
They chase me everywhere I go:
Melchizedek, Ucalegon.