Dragonfly

 

Sitting on the silted bank

Cattails sway in the breeze

Nostrils filled with earthy stank

Mud between toes squeezed

 

Low hum drum past me

Rainbow wings on a stick

Rapt in your iridescent sheen

I watch with eyeful bliss

 

 

         Moth

Carpet body with velvet wings

Fern like feelers and stems dripping fringe

You don’t hold a candle to the butterfly

But you’re worth a chase, by the by

 

 

     Beetle

Tough, rugged, beetle bug

Crawling, determined, beetle bug

Nothing stands in your way

 

Shell hard as rock, beetle bug

Six powerful legs, beetle bug

Nothing to make you stay

 

 

    Bee

Near my ear you buzz

I freeze

 

Flying past my eyes

I trace

 

Orbiting ‘round my head

I wait

 

Beautiful insect you unnerve me

Please leave me bee

 

 

    Grasshopper

 

Wading through a field of grain

Hundreds pop from underfoot

Grit and dust and bugs galore

The air thick with summer bore

 

My Mason jar in hand

Lid pierced with holes

A twig or two to house

If caught before you bounce

 

Do you contemplate your fate

Futured in a home of glass

I spring with both hands closing in

But empty is my jar again

 

 

    Ladybug

 

Bella Ladybug

Such a lovely sight

Land on my shoulder

And grant me lucky

 

 

    Spider

Legs of eight

A bulbous back

Eyes too many to want to count

 

Poisoned fangs

Hungry for blood

Just the sight of you freaks me out

 

Web of bones

Tangled remains

I shudder in revolting bouts

 

Legs of eight

Should not be so

That you’re more loathed than most I know

 

 

      Praying mantis

Camouflaged in the branch

Visual trickery none to match

A stick figure of the truest kind

A gallant game at seek-and-hide

 

 

    Ant

Marching ants one by one

An arduous hike just begun

 

Marching ants two by two

Pass the time with the familiar tune

 

Marching ants three by three

Reverberates beneath the trees

 

Marching ants four by four

The verses go forever more

 

Marching ants repetitive song

As the little stops to sing along