Walking just walking along
gingerly and slowly swaying
waltzing alien-like from leaf to leaf
Stalking just stalking along
stick-like & Oh so lean
happily wondering whom next i can eat
Suddenly out of nowhere
a huge ominous creature appears
thrusting a blackish lens-thing right up to me
In a flash, I quickly leap away
and am so very glad
that the huge hideous creature didn’t eat me
[Note: This photo was taken about a month ago. This was the first Praying Mantis that i’ve seen this summer; it was young, just around 3cm long. And, yes — with blackish lens-thing macro camera in hand — i am the ominous, hideous creature. (You must admit, we ominous, hideous creatures are pretty huge.)]
Young Praying Mantis (praying that I don’t eat him) … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019
What prey are you dreaming about
tonight, my adroit, winged friend?
What shifting air currents
are floating through your
fulfilled, slumbering mind?
[Note: I was in the woods taking nature pictures and stayed quite awhile. It started getting dark and as i was leaving i saw a White Tail Skimmer Dragonfly landing low in some wild plants on the forest floor, fortunately. I knew that that meant it was preparing for sleep (there). I waited a bit — for it to really dose off — and then i slowly moved in to photograph it. Poison ivy was all around me! Please note how they wrap their legs around plants while in sleep; this stance affords stability for possible upcoming windy conditions.]
Sleeping White Tail Skimmer Dragonfly … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019
I need many shoes
for all of these soar old feet.
Off to the shoe store!
Millipede friend in our garage… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
If you count those dots
upon my back, like gray wood,
your old head will crack.
Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
What makes a King out of a slave?
Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave?
Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk, in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?
What makes the muskrat guard his musk?
Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?
Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder?
Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot?
What have they got that I ain’t got?
Then you can say that again! — Words from the timeless (and indubitably immortal) Wizard of Oz
Muskrat carrying leaves to his underwater den…(Photo taken last spring) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
once upon a twice we sang and we cried
until gradual came quickly and the bigshots lied
there until a here was distance shut still
i’ll achieve perfection was perfection going nil
dark until some light we groped then we stared
until illusion died clearly beyond the visually impaired
here until a there was distortion made blind
when much of maligned mankind became carelessly unkind
no until a yes we loved and we hugged
twice a robber robbed himself of wisdom and the thief got mugged
theirs upon a hear as the songs played on
leave delusion in the night and be the light of dawn
[Note: The following is a photo of a 24K Goldenback Shrimp that is one of the three varieties that i keep and breed in aquariums. A previous posting of mine had Painted Fire Red Shrimp photos in it. This particular shrimp is a female and she gave birth to most of her young. However, if you look closely, you can see — behind her hind legs in what is called the skirt region — a few young still being carried in egg sacs. When the shrimp are born, they are tiny versions of their parents, but only around the size of a comma in a sentence.]
24K Goldenback Shrimp (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
24K Goldenback Shrimp (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018