SYMPHONY

My garden symphonyDSCF6406

I walk around the house in the summer twilight
opening windows
letting in the insect orchestra
katydids run scales in the tree tops
crickets, the violins of summer
carry the tune from tree and field and bush
an owl makes its first exploratory sounding
of the evening, three solitary hoots—no reply
the night rhythm begins

Warm August air pushes through the hammock
mosquitoes whine by my ankles
and through a hole in the canopy
I watch bats shadow puppet
against a column of darkening sky
I strain to catch the thread of each vibration
each pattern, rhythm, pitch
a unique life cycle
a specific niche filled
a gorgeous tapestry of sound

It’s carnival this time of year
no sooner has one reveler bowed out
than the next chorus crowds in from the wings
the belligerent rise and fall of the dog day cicadas
makes way for the ululations of the grey tree frogs
at high noon the meadow shimmered
with the stridulation of grasshoppers
and now young coyotes yip and howl
as they prowl the long grasses

Sunlight creeps into the garden once more
illuminating tomatoes tear-dropped with dew
songbirds and crows take to the stage
and under the stone in the wall
the constant cricket sings.

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22 thoughts on “SYMPHONY

    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      Yes, sometimes you come across a word that makes you want to save it in a little treasure box. Thank you for your kind words, Jim.

      Reply
  1. Argus

    You have a way with words — and way with that camera, too. I’ve just looked at the shot in huge (it expands very nicely with a click) and you could crop those tomatoes and water drops out to make a whole exhibition of stand-alone photos. Gorgeous~!

    Reply
    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      Most kind! There is actually a sound link above the photo, which I think I didn’t make clear enough.

      Reply

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