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Grasshoppers - May 24, 2023

what to do with all these

little hoppity brown beggar-bugs

scattered on the pickleball court?


of course an additional scourge

to farmers wallets and a dilemma

for poets to weave into tapestry


so what does come in ugly waves

hangs around gets in the way

is hard to avoid stepping on?


while I think of some hazy outline

I wave my paddle and they spring

and land a few feet from me

far enough that I can’t blame them

for a bad ball bounce

or a bad shot


notice I’ve pushed a problem

out of the way kicked it down

the road just out of reach


and doesn’t procrastination

sound like that cricket

in the corner of your mind?

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