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Cicadas
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Michael Escoubas


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When I spotted you,
perchance,
advancing on a lilac branch,
I immediately called my
grandsons, aged 10 and 7.

I wanted them to see
the intricate design of your
cellophane wings,
two pairs of them, and your five eyes,
I let the boys stare in wonderment.

Your high-pitched summer song,
sung on long August nights,
is a violin’s sweet bow
calling for romance . . .
your mate is on her way.

Thank you brave cicada
for showing me a perfect metaphor
of life. I vow to sing my song,
until, like you, I’ve lived  my life in full,
and without regret, leave nothing but the shell.


© by Michael Escoubas.
Used with the author's permission.

 



Michael Escoubas began writing poetry for publication in August of 2013, after retiring from a 48-year-career in the printing industry. He writes poetry because, early in life, his mother encouraged him. Michael also writes poetry because he believes poetry brings people together and that poets are menders of broken things. He is the author of six collections; the most recent is Ripples Into the Light, a collection partnered with photographs by Vandana Bajikar and designed to “rest the soul and calm the spirit.” Michael is Senior Editor and Book Reviewer at Quill and Parchment, an online poetry journal. He lives in Illinois.

              


Post New Comment:
Anastasia:
What a wonderful moment, captured so well!
Posted 10/17/2020 05:18 PM
DELINDMAN:
Visual beauty as well as a lesson on life. Thank you.
Posted 09/02/2020 01:31 AM
Wilda Morris:
Thank you, Michael, for this wonderful look at the cicada! I'm right there with you and your grandchildren. And as others have said, what a great ending!
Posted 08/30/2020 09:54 AM
Glen Sorestad:
A lovely and effective use of metaphor, Michael. So effective.
Posted 08/29/2020 12:09 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
You do sing your song with poignancy and precision!
Posted 08/29/2020 11:27 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Sooo moving. Thank you.
Posted 08/29/2020 10:56 AM
DavidTookey:
This poem has it all: A shared sense of wonder, a focus on detail and a gentle, humble, personal connection. Superb!
Posted 08/29/2020 09:57 AM
KevinArnold:
What an elegant poem.
Posted 08/29/2020 08:48 AM
mail@schoolbusmart.com:
I agree with ladybug and the powerful ending. Randy
Posted 08/29/2020 08:07 AM
ladybug:
Michael. you have captured a lovely moment and powerful ending in this poem. Susan Moss
Posted 08/29/2020 07:59 AM


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