"Peonies and June Bug" (1871-1872) by Eva Gonzales [1849-1883].
the peonies in bloom
should have been left uncut
within hours petals begin
to fall and the June bug's
dinner grows stale
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
Since we're finally moving into warmer weather here, I'm looking forward to the trees, plants, and flowers playing a little catch-up. Before we know it, it will be peony time. And June bug time.
People write poems and songs about the oddest things. The June bug is one of those oddities and appears in a song by the B-52s.
The swimming bug in the video is definitely a carnivore, but the June bugs I'm familiar with are vegetarian.
"June Bug" appears on the album Cosmic Thing, which was released in 1989. I was a children's librarian at the time and one of the story hour families gave me the CD for Christmas. I can honestly say it is the BEST job-related gift I ever received. I played it for years. I can no longer remember the name of the gift-giver, but I'm forever grateful for the gift.
Irene will be sharing the gift of poetry today at the Round-Up being held at Live Your Poem. Irene, too, has been writing ekphrastic poems this month.