In search of story

August 24.21: Coping


Aesop says be like the ant,

eschew grasshopper ways:

the ant puts by and plans ahead,

grasshoppers waste their days.

The ants in frantic harvest

prepare for winter’s grey.

The grasshopper, all moony,

ponders the green of today;

in foolery like writing

does he his muse pursue;

he yearns to be a poet

and use words like “eschew.”


Many more thanks to photographer S.W. Berg.

I have no idea how he got the grasshopper to pose like this.

10 thoughts on “August 24.21: Coping

  1. So far, I haven’t seen a grasshopper yet this year. Ants – now, there’s a species that likes my grass, driveway, walkway, every way and in all sizes and biting capabilities. Crickets, small black flies and mosquitoes are all around. When I think about it, it’s pretty buggy out there. 🙂 I don’t know how he got him to pose either.

    • I had ants bubbling up from under my garage a while back and I had sudden visions of the whole garage sliding down into the street. I think the pond makes the ants feel welcome. I haven’t seen grasshoppers, not that I miss them. The bug world has been different this year, and why not? Nothing else has been normal, whatever that is. Right now we are too dry for bugs, I think. Apparently Bill has a way with bugs and somehow makes them hold still. He’s probably part Jedi. I’m glad he uses his powers for photography!

  2. Very nice. We’ve only seen a few grasshoppers this year. But we have lots of birds, so…

  3. Do grasshoppers sunbathe do you know? I would rather be a grasshopper, especially as described. What fun it must be to leap – and to leap while composing poetry…! Mind you, I am not sure I see this fine fellow eschewing anything that comes his way.

    • Thank you for the good laugh! I do not know about grasshoppers and sunbathing, but I do know that leaping while writing poetry would be a feet.

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