Original Poetry: Swarm – Benton County, Iowa

Chirping bel canto,
     coffee bean crickets scurry
from desiccated crab grass,
     Kentucky blue and cotton
layers collecting at the dry line.
 
 
Cicadas – fortepiano whirr
     disseminating from the pin oaks.
Some hover, as hummingbirds,
     spewed pumice against a relentless sun.
A cloudless sky
 
 
but for the haze, the yellow wings
     of red-legged grasshoppers
rising in synchrony
     from defoliated acres
of soybeans and alfalfa.
 
 
The horizon dusted by thousands
     of precise leaps, the clatter
of millions of determined flights.
     A mere one caught akimbo
by a mouser’s sure paw.
 
 
 
 
 
[Check out other original poems here.]

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2 responses to “Original Poetry: Swarm – Benton County, Iowa

  1. I love this ‘Swarm’, maybe because I grew up country and maybe because the voice is so authentic it makes me homesick and then takes me home.

    Feels to me like this could only have been written by someone who knew what he was writing and knew how to write it. Bravo!

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