Grasshopper

So many of us are stuck inside at the moment, here’s a poem about the outside coming in.

Grasshopper

You made a myth of a whitewashed wall,
Jarring ambassador in green,
Somehow casting the house as stranger.

As though it had attached itself to you,
Returning to a pre-suburban state,
Where beneath pavement a hill yet rolled.

Unsettled by your vital stillness,
We thought it time you were replaced,
Your outside, outsize presence too much to bear.

That ovipositor of yours should twitch,
Life-wired, upcurving stretching out,
We know what’s best for you.

So quivering through the door,
I gave you back to patchy grass,
Before returning to find my world had shrivelled.

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Thanks to my friend Sam Laub and Gorgeous Brewery for letting me use their Grasshopper ale image. If you’d like to try some, go here: https://www.gorgeousbrewery.com

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