Cicada’s First Song

Claws firmly attached, it hangs on to my old bird house wires being swallowed up by the willow tree! Seeing it hanging there was a most interesting sight. I wasn’t sure at first if it was alive or not, so I tapped it and found it hollow. The cicada, or seventeen year locust comes up out of the ground every seventeen years, usually attaching itself to a tree, and bursts out of its shell. Then it sings with his wings trying to attract a mate. Ours are usually green in color and about twice as big as the original shell. This one is a photographer’s dream shot. I was very excited to see it hanging there.

Cicada shell sways

Remnant of its dark past life

My bird house long gone


Hollow memories still hang on

Cicada sang its first song

35 thoughts on “Cicada’s First Song

  1. Great poem Dwight, and great find! References to “dark past life” and “hollow memories” are so beautifully ornamental! A cicada usually is not so common, even though I understand that cicadas have been very common in US this year πŸ™‚

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  2. Beautiful, Dwight! So many metaphors to life in your photos and writing. We, too, can shed the “shells” of those things that do not define us…we can emerge anew. πŸ™‚
    I’ve always found it fascinating to see their shells clutching on to something. It’s like they are saying, “Don’t forget me while I’m gone. You’ll see me again some day.” πŸ™‚ And their music is like no other. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

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