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    • Seventeen years underground on a diet of water and, well, nothing else, for the sake of five or six weeks of activity? Doesn’t sound like a good deal to me, either.

  1. The song, or loud buzz, of the cicada, is one I remember quite well. I grew up in the midwest and recall, less than fondly, the year the cicada’s came out. I was visiting my aunt and uncle one day, and the trek down a trail through the forest was littered like leaves in October with the countless crunchy skins of these noisy critters. I pressed my hands over my ears, kept my eyes glued on the horizon, and ran.

    Bravo to you for a well-written poem that honors these noisy (crunchy) singers.

    • I have known them in the Middle East, but I believe their life cycle is shorter, possibly annual.
      Thank you for your kind comment.

  2. You’re a bit good at this, brother Keith
    And you’ve even still got your own teeth
    How I savour each word!
    (Some of which, I’ve not heard)
    Your intelligence beggars belief.

    • Lim’ricks are really such fun
      But they’re ended as soon as begun
      I wish they were longer
      And my imag’ry stronger
      Then I could enjoy ev’ry one!

      Thanks, Wendy.

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