Among the many manuscripts for children’s books that I’ve either completed or am currently working on, is a nature-themed poetry collection. I’m not sure that ‘nature’ is specific enough of a theme to attract the attention of an agent or publisher – these days, everything has to have a ‘theme,’ you know – but for now, it is what it is, and this poem comes from that collection.
I was thinking about bug names and how so many of them could be confused or misconstrued…and after several weeks of writing and revising, I ended up with this! Hope you enjoy it.
“Can You Saddle Up a Horsefly?”
Are ladybugs all ladies?
Are there gentlemanbugs, too?
Does a praying mantis ever pray?
And if they do, to who?
Why is it every summer, lightning bugs light up the night,
But thunderbugs – they don’t exist! I just don’t think it’s right.
I doubt that dragonflies breathe fire and turn knights into roast.
And what about a butterfly? Do they taste good on toast?
The June bugs buzz all summer long, not just the month of June;
If mayflies flew in April, would we say they flew too soon?
A yellowjacket’s jacket’s yellow – what about his pants?
And where does one buy uniforms for all the army ants?
We know grasshoppers love to hop, but can they leap or skip?
Can you saddle up a horsefly – then take him on a trip?
A honeybee makes honey; what’s a dung-beetle to make??
It’s questions just like these, at night…
that keep me wide awake.
– © 2013, Matt Forrest Esenwine
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