Cicadas
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Exo-skeletal saints
of air-cooled summer song,

a butterfly's harlot designs
begs clarity
from their wings of glass and heat.

Their flesh is not petty,
is not flesh.
“All persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.”  Kurt Vonnegut
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Man, Tim, the 17 year Brood X cicadas are raising hell here in Virginia. It was a novelty at first, but it wears on you pretty quickly.  I like driving with my windows down, and they'll fly right in and buzz like crazy.  Good thing that we only have a couple more weeks of this invasion to go (HA, HA).  When you're outside there ain't no 'nother choice than living with em, but I do declare that they get me every time when they fly right in my face. 


(05-28-2021, 03:33 AM)TranquillityBase Wrote:  Exo-skeletal saints  saints eh?
of air-cooled summer song, but in the hot air they go berserk: the rising and falling chorus of a band of buzz saws

a butterfly's harlot designs
begs clarity
from their wings of glass and heat.  very apt description and very cool line

Their flesh is not petty,
is not flesh. Still, they're actual on some local menus. I think I'll pass and let the birds have at em. Pretty soon the birds'll be too fat to fly, and begin to fall right outta the sky.And the foxes'll be waiting...
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(05-28-2021, 06:00 AM)Mark A Becker Wrote:  Man, Tim, the 17 year Brood X cicadas are raising hell here in Virginia. It was a novelty at first, but it wears on you pretty quickly.  I like driving with my windows down, and they'll fly right in and buzz like crazy.  Good thing that we only have a couple more weeks of this invasion to go (HA, HA).  When you're outside there ain't no 'nother choice than living with em, but I do declare that they get me every time when they fly right in my face. 


(05-28-2021, 03:33 AM)TranquillityBase Wrote:  Exo-skeletal saints  saints eh?
of air-cooled summer song, but in the hot air they go berserk: the rising and falling chorus of a band of buzz saws

a butterfly's harlot designs
begs clarity
from their wings of glass and heat.  very apt description and very cool line

Their flesh is not petty,
is not flesh. Still, they're actual on some local menus. I think I'll pass and let the birds have at em. Pretty soon the birds'll be too fat to fly, and begin to fall right outta the sky.And the foxes'll be waiting...

I guess our cicadas are a different breed, annuals.  No invasion here (yet).  I've always thought that they appear wise in person and their singing is about the only thing I like about Texas in the summertime.  DC was once a swamp, right?  They are just trying to reclaim it from you human interlopers.
“All persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.”  Kurt Vonnegut
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I guess our cicadas are a different breed, annuals.  No invasion here (yet).  I've always thought that they appear wise in person and their singing is about the only thing I like about Texas in the summertime.  DC was once a swamp, right?  They are just trying to reclaim it from you human interlopers.
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Yeah, where I live Brood X are out in force, up to a million per acre. They have reclaimed the entire DC area, yet here in Virginia there are WAY more than downtown in DC.

Don't know if I'll be around in '38 when Brood X makes its return, so I might as well try to enjoy the hootenanny.

Mark
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