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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summer chorus

Male fall field cricket, by Kevin Judge


In spring the yard comes alive again with the sounds of birds and insects—So much to hear that I cannot see.

By August, grasshoppers and crickets abound. I step outside to a pleasant churring in the morning and at night, I notice a contrapuntal chorus: rolling trills accented by the tweet tweet tweet of field crickets. Sounds waft through my open bedroom window—messages from an overlapping world.

sleek crickets of fall

hiding under a ground tarp

choristers of night


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For dVerse Poets Pub: “The sounds of Koorogi, Cricket dVerse Haibun Monday

P.S. There is much mystery in the sounds I hear. While writing this haibun I learned that there are many kinds of crickets—most are nocturnal but some chirp day and night. I discovered some crickets under my ground tarp covering bags of mulch—I am assuming they are field crickets (the nocturnal ones according to my Garden Bugs of Ontario book).