Friday, July 30, 2021

Mother Nature’s Gift

 Mother Nature’s Gift

Each year 

on my birthday






wings rub together 

serenade for a mate 


their sweet songs

lull me 

into slumber. 

This week I celebrated my birthday. I know that every year on or about that day, I’ll begin to hear the sweet songs of the grasshoppers, katydids, and crickets. I began to wonder why this particular time in summer the songs emerged. So, I did a little research , took some notes, and began to create my poem. Some of what I learned ended up finding it’s way into my poem. 

Photo of me with a birthday gift. It’s not a cricket, grasshopper, or katydid but it’s another one of my favorite insects. Who knows?  Maybe I’ll write about this sometime soon!  

Today’s Poetry Friday roundup is being hosted by Becky at Sloth Reads


  1. Amy, lovely poem. I liked it even more the second time after I read your process of studying and love for these "Stridulaters." I too love falling asleep to their sweet songs.

  2. Happy belated birthday, Amy! Your poem is wonderful. We have singing insects all year round down here in Florida. I do miss living in a place where I could sit out and enjoy them without being eaten alive! Maybe there's a poem in there for me to write...Thanks for sharing!

  3. Happy birthday, Amy! "Stridulations" is a new word for me. I love all of the summer critters in your poem.

  4. What a delightful poem to ring in and celebrate your Birthday! Wishing You Many Happy Belated Returns of the Day Amy!

  5. Happy Birthday to YOU! I love your gift and the BEE that is a favorite of yours. Our dear bees. I was just talking to one as it pollinated my squash plant...ha! Stridulations....great word for poem-ing. I love it!

  6. Nice to meet you, Amy--I love how your first stanza plays with the similarity of "stridulations" and "congratulations." Sounds like your insect party guests wake up your curiosity more than send you to sleep!

  7. It's like nature sings Happy Birthday to you each year! What a wonderful poem - and I learned a new word "stridulations"!

  8. Happy Birthday! I love how both birthdays and summer insects come around every year with regularity!!

  9. Happy birthday, Amy! I love learning new words so thank you for introducing me to "Stridulations".


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