Tomorrow will be 1st October and we’re well into autumn, a time when some insects collect on the sides of houses, while others, like spiders, find their way indoors. Many adult insects die off when frost arrives but leave eggs behind to start next year’s population; some migrate to warmer climates and others burrow in leaf litter or hide under loose bark for protection from the cold.
I’m fascinated with insects. We’ve had some large spiders in our house recently and I’ve noticed cobwebs appearing outside. Over the summer, I’ve watched dragonflies and butterflies, and shooed large moths, wasps and flies out of windows. I haven’t come across any large beetles this year, though, which was a disappointment.
There are quite a few poems about insects. I particularly like this one by John Clare:
These tiny loiterers on the barley’s beard,
And happy units of a numerous herd
Of playfellows, the laughing Summer brings,
Mocking the sunshine on their glittering wings,
How merrily they creep, and run, and fly!
No kin they bear to labour’s drudgery,
Smoothing the velvet of the pale hedge-rose;
And where they fly for dinner no one knows —
The dew-drops feed them not — they love the shine
Of noon, whose suns may bring them golden wine
All day they’re playing in their Sunday dress —
When night reposes, for they can do no less;
Then, to the heath-bell’s purple hood they fly,
And like to princes in their slumbers lie,
Secure from rain, and dropping dews, and all,
In silken beds and roomy painted hall.
So merrily they spend their summer-day,
Now in the corn-fields, now in the new-mown hay.
One almost fancies that such happy things,
With coloured hoods and richly burnished wings,
Are fairy folk, in splendid masquerade
Disguised, as if of mortal folk afraid,
Keeping their joyous pranks a mystery still,
Lest glaring day should do their secrets ill.
And how could I forget John Donne’s flea?
Mark but this flea, and mark in this,
How little that which thou deniest me is;
It sucked me first, and now sucks thee,
And in this flea our two bloods mingled be;
Thou know’st that this cannot be said
A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead,
Yet this enjoys before it woo,
And pampered swells with one blood made of two,
And this, alas, is more than we would do.
For this week’s Haibun Monday, write about an encounter with an insect: it can be a beautiful or a scary experience, one that enlightened or surprised you; it can be about an ordinary or an unusual insect. Aim to write no more than three tight paragraphs about your encounter with an insect, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to the season.
If you are new, here’s how to join in:
- Write a haibun in response to the challenge.
- Read and comment on other poets’ work – we all come here to have our poems read.
- Please remember to link back to dVerse from your site/blog by adding a tag to dVerse or a link https://dversepoets.com at the end of your poem.
- Comment and participate in our discussion below, if you like. We are a friendly bunch of poets.
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Good evening poets and welcome to the dVerse Poets Pub, where I’m tending the haibun bar this week. I’m looking forward to reading about your encounters with insects!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Good evening… i decided not to write about mosquitoes
Thank goodness for that! Mosquitoes and flies are so annoying!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I hope there will no haibun on blow flies…
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
If the haibun could be fiction I have some darker ideas…
Keep it real, Bjorn! 😉
now that’s a thought!
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Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hello Kim, and thank you for hosting. Ah, such is life and its synchronicity. On Saturday, I had an unusual encounter so sharing here. Have a wonderful week all!
I’m pleased it’s a recent encounter – I haven’t had many, not with anything exciting. When I was a child we used to see a lot of stag beetles, but I haven’t seen any in years. Tree moths have become rare too.
Hello Kim and All. It’s a beautiful fall day here and the insects are alive and well. A breeze is tinkling the glass wind chimes. A perfect time of the year. Let’s see what tale of fair bugs to tell…
Hello Jade! Autumn is a perfect time for insects and bugs, they love conkers, berries and leaf litter.
Rob Kistner said:
Thanks for hosting Kim. I will try to find inspiration from an insect encounter. This has me stumped right now. I am the guy who will be the omly one getting bit by mosquitos, when there are apparently none around — so maybe I’ll write something nasty about those little brutes?
We don’t have mosquitoes around here, but we did have gnats during the summer – and they always get me. Gnat bites leave me with huge lumps, nasty, itchy things!
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Wonderful prompt, Kim, and hello, all. As I’m on a deadline, I won’t be able to participate, but have fun. I’m feeling a bit itchy suddenly. 😉
Thank you, Merril. Good luck with your deadline and we’ll see you soon! 🙂
We still have lots of red admirals flapping round the fruit trees, and there are lots of flying insects around at night. Drowsy wasps and a few hornets, too. And woodlice – my favourites.
I haven’t seen that many recently as it’s been raining so much, but indoors we have plenty of crane flies and spiders at the moment – and millipedes in the bathroom of all places!
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interesting topic, love your pic and the first poem in particular … thanks!
Thank you, Kate, and thanks for joining us.
welcome Kim … I enjoy the interaction on our posts 🙂
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I have a wonderful writing spider that floats at the corner of my garage door!
I forgot the dash in my post on Mr. Linky. Please delete the first one with my name. Sorry!
A writing spider! Can’t wait to read about it! I’ll sort out the erroneous link, Dwight.
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Frank J. Tassone said:
Racing to the pub after a busy, long weekend, Poets! Thanks, Kim, for hosting Haibun Monday this week! 🙂
Welcome, Frank. I’ll be over to read shortly! 🙂
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Couple days late on checking in. I skipped this haibun, even though I was one short on 30 for my private full-month challenge. But I did want to share that I managed to post 29 poems (and wrote about 10 more that didn’t make the cut) for the month! I’ll catch the next haibun!
Look forward to seeing you then, Xan!