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Feb. 21, 2013

Arthropod-Inspired Haikus

by The Bug Chicks

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We are dreaming of spring here at Bug Chicks central. Longing for it, we find ourselves staring at pictures of flowers, beaches, and savannas--anything to get our minds off the gloom of late February. This is a month where creativity stalls a bit for us; we feel like we're waiting for something to start. When this happens, I like to write haikus. The short, structured poems (they contain three lines of verse divided into five, seven, and five syllables) force my mind to crank into gear. You’ve all heard that saying: Structure sets you free. Well, writing haiku helps to inspire motion in thoughts that were once inert. By forcing myself to write within the boundaries of the form, I find that my creative brain wakes, stretches, and shakes off the fog.
 
Having trouble feeling inspired or finding a topic? Do what I’ve done. Pick a favorite photo (it doesn’t have to entail bugs, but they are interesting), and go from there.
 
Below are three haiku poems based on beautiful images captured by three very talented photographers. Many thanks to Ted McRae, Huub de Waard, and Deverie Rudd for allowing us to illustrate their photos with words.
 
--Bug Chick Kristie
 
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An Ode
beetles in the bush
beat millions in a box
 hunt.  find.  snap.  let.  go.
 
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Salticidae
Look to the future
our binocular vision
blinded by setae
 
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Dragonfly on a Reed
diamond facet eyes
seeing all the way around
simple yet compound

 

About The Bug Chicks

Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are The Bug Chicks. They each have Masters Degrees in Entomology and love to teach people about insects and spiders.

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