Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Green Grasshopper




This lovely green grasshopper caught my eye in the garden this week, as it poised on a pink Hollyhock.


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The Grasshopper

by Conrad Aiken


Grasshopper

grasshopper

all day long

we hear your scraping

summer song

like

rusty

fiddles

in

the

grass

as through

the meadow

path

we pass

such funny legs

such funny feet

and how we wonder

what you eat

maybe a single blink of dew

sipped from a clover leaf would do

then high in air

once more you spring

to fall in grass again

and sing.



19 comments:

Wanda said...

There's not near as many grasshoppers here as when I were a child...I live just 2 minutes from where I grew up and have a large field...and very seldom see large grasshoppers.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Strange looking creatures, aren't they? Those long thin legs and pointy head. Haven't seen many yet this year. Usually this is about the time they I see them along the roads.
Marnie

Kim and Victoria said...

Nice pic. Nice poem, too.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Connie~~ S/he has a refreshing suit of green. The ones I see here are always brown. Although they're wont to eat our precious plantings, I don't have the heart to destroy them. Nice poem!

Susie said...

Nice picture.

Cat said...

Great picture, Connie; and the poem is so fitting! Thank you.

Nancy said...

Very cool!

Kathleen said...

Great pic even tho I'm not a fan of grasshoppers! Right now I have lots of holes in many plants because of them (although they aren't as bad as some years). Yours looks different than the ones we have??

GardenJoy4Me said...

Connie that is a great picture girl ! I haven't seen any around my garden (phew) it is just one of those wet cool years they don't enjoy here ? LOL

sweet bay said...

Love the poem and picture together!

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

It's a great photo, and a perfect poem to go with it;-) I just saw my first and only recently but didn't have my camera!

Kathi said...

You take the best pictures Connie. You really captured it.

Shady Gardener said...

Great photo. The poem is perfect. I'm thinking that perhaps it might be a katydid? I'll look it up to make sure. They are bright green like that... (just a technicality, really.) ;-)

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

That's an awesome photo, Connie! I was at my daughter's house one night last week and we heard what we thought was a tree frog. Once we located it, it wasn't a tree frog at all! It was a grasshopper singing very loudly!

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Miranda Bell said...

Lovely photo Connie - and I love Hollyhocks too - I have them in our garden here and you can't ever have enough... much like poppies really! Hope all's going well with you and your garden - bon weekend! Miranda

O.I.M said...

grasshoppers make me laugh! their eyes make them look very intense. haven't seen many this year.
irena

Petunia's Gardener said...

Nice photo! I've been seeing more grasshoppers, but none as green as this guy.

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