Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Goodbye Cicadas, Goodbye Summer

A cool September evening
and bars of brassy light,
stripe my back bent
over a drawing table
studying the body
of a cicada carcass.

Found in the garden
clinging to a support
above the earth 
where it had 
laid it's eggs
after a passionate August affair
that it had spent years

Hours passed
giving my full attention
to every detail of the body
recording with
crow quill pen
india ink.
Considering the perfect balance
of it's form,

the grand finale of it's existence
 surpassing even the need
to eat

or maintain it's own life
so dedicated to love
and reproduction
it was.

I cannot help but feel
respect and affection
for this being
and it's kin.

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