Tanka: An Amusing Coincidence
An Amusing Coincidence
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!