a series of three

They say good fortune comes in threes…

writing gives excuses to ‘play’ and enjoying nature is a way to take breaks from focused tasks. For the recent dVerse haibun prompt (cricket sounds) I tune in more closely to the rural sounds surrounding me…choirs of multitudes sing day and night around my home.

Next day I notice crickets scrambling under a ground tarp…I am impressed by the fierce definition of their dark features (the second encounter). Today, I notice two female crickets on a piece of wood in my garden and take a photo (above). The details on their wings and limbs have an ornateness that bring to mind scarab beetles revered by ancient Egyptians.

Relaxing in my armchair, I discover that crickets have a reputation for bringing happiness and good fortune. I welcome the news.


night coolness gives way

to stifling days not as long

cricket antennas


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16 thoughts on “a series of three

  1. how amazing and wonderful is this whole post? It’s a great image; and a wonderful Haibun. And delightful Haiku –
    I really like how this has all come together – and particularly, how you’ve noted the detailing on the bodies – it is interesting, isn’t it – very scarab like indeed. And don’t they *just* have the longest antennae? – almost whip-like —

    so yes, may good luck and fortune come your way 😀

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    1. Thank you Pat…perhaps a cricket in the house isn’t such a bad thing (as always with superstitions there are mixed views but I would go with the happy one) Yes it is amazing how they can navigate with such long antennas…

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      1. as a hunter/stalker of the elusive cricket who refuses to stop singing at full volume all night long …. until I start looking for it because it is being totally unreasonable? umm … no, crickets in the house who believe they have the right to be operatic at all hours? LOL – I’m a totally “live and let live” kind of person, and would happily escort it outside, but when it literally is shattering absolute silence and is the only thing keeping me from sleep (which is at a huge premium) … um no. So then, well, I get crazy. Of course, the cricket usually has the last laugh … and manages to hide out. So, no, it’s not for the “lucky” to be so blessed …. maybe the next time it happens, I’ll just bellow out at it “take it outside” and hope they get the message.

        I admit, I love watching them when they start wiggling and using those wires … it’s actually really fascinating (just not at 3 a.m. inside)

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      2. I didn’t realize it was so bad! I can picture it though. A single cricket is loud…no pun intended. Hopefully he doesn’t get lucky and pass on the tradition to progeny. Good luck showing him the door!

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      3. LOL – well, it becomes a real scene, rather with a “mad comedy” aspect, the hunt, the stalking, wandering about with a flashlight, before the “aha” flipping on the lights, being all disheveled, etc. But more often than not, cricket wins out and lives to sing for many more days on end. (if I’m lucky, the cat catches it ~ poor cricket!)

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  2. I was just trimming a bush a day or two ago and actually saw a lovely cricket – similar to the ones in your photo. Though maybe what I saw was a grasshopper… so I went looking for the difference:
    The main difference between a grasshopper and a cricket is that crickets tend to have long antennae, grasshoppers have short antennae. Crickets stridulate (“sing”) by rubbing their wings together, while grasshoppers stridulate by rubbing their long hind legs against their wings.

    Lovely haibun 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jules. I think grasshoppers have more powerful back legs that hug against their body differently too. A few years ago I featured a handsome grasshopper hanging out on my pepper plants.

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