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A Menace Named Edgar

Updated on August 10, 2017

Edgar was this grasshopper who enjoyed showing off,

He especially loved to flutter by in disturbing old Rolph.

Rolph was the big commander-in-chief of the military,

Never had any problems, but of grasshoppers to worry.

Seems they liked to fly inside each cannon on its row,

As every time one was fired, that barrel it then did blow.

Lost many a good cannon and a lot of its cannoneers,

The grasshoppers were trouble, a cause of many tears.

One dreadful evening at a siege, as old Rolph did smile,

And he was about to take the city, mile after every mile.

When his horsemen pranced across a field just below,

Trying to get all in a position and to let their cannons go.

Wouldn't you know who showed up, flying about an ear,

Was old Edgar the grasshopper then, to cast a little fear.

As old Rolph, the angry captain waved a hand and arm,

Caused cannoneers to blast away, doing so much harm.

Was many men lost that day, the shot heard round the world,

Caused other great armies to attack, all in a war were hurled.

Huge armadas of ships to sail from each port across the land,

Every one bent on winning this one, all they could understand.

Before you knew it the whole globe did fight down to every man,

Soon there was not a single one then, across the seas and sand.

Appears the only creatures to be left, grasshoppers by the score,

Thank old Rolph and his allergy, not one will study war any more.


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    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States

      Take an example of the grasshopper in this poem and understand how such a seemingly simple creature might change the world...or end it for us all...

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      whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

      Thanks my friend. Yep, there was more meant in this than many comprehended. Blessings. whonu

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like it. Kind of reminds me about the Butterfly Effect.

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most creative and fascinating. Alas in time of war the poor grasshoppers can get squished.

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      whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

      We are living in a time of unrest and a very fragile environment. An insignificant little insect just might be the end of humanity as we know it. When hate and its viciousness is spread there can only be a terrible outcome for us all. It is time to step back and reconsider the options of life or total annihilation. One word or act by a single individual has this power.