Tanka: An Amusing Coincidence

An Amusing Coincidence

Clinging to the screen

A fat June bug suns himself

In his white-striped shell.

"Mr.Pickwick, I presume?"

And turn my page of Dickens.



A poem in the Japanese Tanka style by Catherine Tally

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The Ten-lined June bug

The ten-lined June bug, Polyphylla decemlineata, is a type of scarab beetle native to Western North American where it thrives in the sandy soils and decomposed granite. It is most often found as a large white grub w/ a brown head when turning over garden beds during spring plantings. Raccoons damage turf grasses in search of them. Occasionally I've found one on a sunny windowsill, but its pronged legs enable it to fasten to screened doors and windows. June bugs and May beetles look lifeless when found clinging to screens, but its audible hiss when poked will say, "Leave me alone!" The 7-lined June bug is unique in its distinctive striped protective forewings called elytra. He reminds me of a plump, vested aristocrat with a cigar and a stuffy opinion! I hope you enjoy the short tanka poem inspired by him!

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

yeah, i like it... clever


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

I like the idea of snoozing in his shell - nice thought


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Frank! I just had to equate the two:)


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello DealForALiving :) I appreciate your dropping by to read and comment and thank you for following me too! Take care, Cat :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

What a fun and intelligent little poem.


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Jodah! I appreciate the nice comment. It's always good to see you here. All the best,

Cat:)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh...I LOVE this! Excellent writing. :-)


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Genna! I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Your comments really mean a lot:)

Take care,

Cat:)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Bar Humbug!! Not really, couldn't resist. Loved the haiku and the image. Cleverly done.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

Simple, but I like it very much. Thanks for writing. Up and shared!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Love, love this!


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, prasetio30. I appreciate the kind comments and your thoughtfulness in voting up and sharing! All of the best, Cat:)


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Audrey,

I just couldn't resist the uncanny similarities! I am so glad you liked it and appreciate the praise. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a bright new year,

Cat:)


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Theater girl 24 months ago from New Jersey

Very interesting. I like the form.


cat on a soapbox 24 months ago

Theater Girl, Thank you! I appreciate your dropping by:)


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AudreyHowitt 22 months ago from California

Love this still!


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cat on a soapbox 22 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Audrey! Best wishes for the new year,

Cat:)


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

like this short poem


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cat on a soapbox 21 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Peachy!


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

I don't even know if we have June bugs here in Washington. If we do I've never seen one. What a cute tanka...very creative.


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cat on a soapbox 18 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Bill:) Washington state does have 10-lined June bugs, but you are not apt to see them since they prefer the drier inland areas and the fruit trees!


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FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

Very clever June bug!


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cat on a soapbox 18 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Flourish- Thank you! My cat loves May & June because these beetles are plentiful, and they hiss when she pokes at them. She finds them as entertaining as crickets:)


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D.A.L. 18 months ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi Catherine,How did I nearly miss this one . Love it. Voted up,beautiful interesting. Well done.


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cat on a soapbox 18 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Dave! I appreciate the sweet compliment. The raccoons are visiting our gardens less often now that the grubs have matured into the May beetles and June bugs that cling to our screens and sun on our windowsills. I am savoring the cool mornings and sunny afternoons before summer's intense heat arrives. I hope you have been enjoying a lovely Spring.

All the best,

Catherine:)


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AudreyHowitt 13 months ago from California

Spreading this wonderful piece around a bit!


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cat on a soapbox 13 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Audrey:)


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Rabadi 13 months ago from New York

I like the thought :) following now, mind checking out my page? Thanks


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cat on a soapbox 13 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Osam!


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Frank Atanacio 7 months ago from Shelton

since you haven't put out anything new.. I'm revisiting this little gem.. Frank :)


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cat on a soapbox 7 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Always nice to see you've dropped by:) Thanks, Frank. Take care!


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Cat, this is indeed inspiring, and yes it reminds me of someone who speaks at my town council every meeting.

Blessings my friend.


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cat on a soapbox 5 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Haha, Shyron! Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

Take care, Cat:)

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