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  Love is in the Air
by Mr. Ed
Monday, April 05, 2004
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This is the Year of the Cicada in about 15 U.S. states,*


As a fascinated biology enthusiast, I can hardly wait.


 


Theyve been living underground now for 17 long years,


Forced to suck on plant juice instead of ice cold beers.


 


While they are here with us above ground, they seldom even eat,


They have only one thing in mind an epic mission to complete.


 


They only live topside with us for about three or four weeks,


Then they die - extremely happy - if their mission is complete.


 


The male sings his soulful love songs to attract sexy mates,


The female lays her eggs, after their first or second date.


 


These tiny eggs hatch in about six weeks, and seldom are they found,


The nymphs are born, bury themselves, and head deep underground.


 


This species known as Magicacada, truly is magical to observe,


Right now, the nymphs are digging tunnels, and soon they will emerge. 


 


In 17 years, this Cicada Creation Cycle will start all over again,


Hopefully, this unique miracle of life will never ever end.


 


They are truly harmless creatures, and they never even bite,


And I find their slightly off key love songs to be a pure delight.


 


Many dogs really love to eat these chewy little critters,


Sophisticated cats, however, find them a tad too bitter.


 


Ive eaten a few myself when I was a small child,


They are crunchy and tasty, but just a tad too mild!


 


These days, Id rather just marvel, and allow them to do their thing,


Love of any kind is simply marvelous even to cicadas on the wing.


 


When you see them arrive this spring, why not try to be good,


Dont stomp them, and smash them, like you normally would.


 


Have pity on this little creature, with only love on its mind,


When you were deeply in love - wasnt your life divine?


 


 


 


 


 


 


*This year's population (17-Year Brood [Year-Class] X) is the largest of the 17-year broods, with cicada emergences expected in fifteen states (Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia).


 


They should attract lots of attention, since several important metropolitan areas (including the nation's capital) fall within the distribution of Brood X.


 


Cicadas are often confused with locusts, which are members of the grasshopper family, and which can be quite destructive to food sources.  Cicadas are harmless.


 


Magicicada adults have black bodies and striking red eyes and orange wing veins, with either a W or a P near the tips of the forewings. An old folk tale states that if you observe a W on their wings war is imminent, and a P means peace is imminent. 


 


Cicadas emerge in May and June.  And, there are also 13-Year Broods of cicadas.


 


If you're interested in observing this unique miracle of nature, now is the time, since no cicadas are expected to emerge in 2005 or 2006.


 




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Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 6/3/2004
I am surrounded by such love
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/6/2004
Thanks for sharing this true love story Ed the gentle heart!

But geeee to eat the littleguys....you cruel boy...but thank God you turned out to be a good man .....MEthinks!!

Must try one.....see if I like it....heheheehehhe....okay I won't I PROMISE!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Judith Pleasant 4/6/2004
Hi Ed, you ole bulldog. lol
Great poem.
Since the little critters will be stopping by in my state, I will try not to stomp on them, only if they don't bite my cats and dogs. Any way, looks like stepping on them would make a big squish. I will leave them alone as I do most creatures.
I will think of your poem when I see one.
Take care,
Blessings,
Judith
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/5/2004
Ed this is marvelous write! You made me recall when I lived in Illinois (Rockford) when the 17 year cycle happened it was unbelievable,the sound of cicadas overwhelmed everything else.
Reviewed by jude forese 4/5/2004
the little suckers are beginning to make a symphony of electric buzz over here ... heard one the other day at The New York Botanitcal Garden ... this is unusual, you usually hear them in the summer ...

well penned!
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 4/5/2004
oh, I am ecstatic they're coming to Georgia. my fondest childhood memories are from the year I was nine and the locusts came to our suburb just north of Chicago. i collected them in jars. :) write some more about them if they get to where you are. i'll definitely do the same.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 4/5/2004
Ed I know they are good luck if they get
into the house...we had one behind our refrigerator
when I was a child and mom forbid us to kill it...
no matter that it kept us up all night long..
I kind of like the sound they make..I think they
are fascinating creatures...as long as they don't
destroy my beloved shrubs and trees..that would really
upset me....loved reading this...floria
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/5/2004
I have this "view" of the cicada's hitting my windshield on my work truck...why not everything else seems to...somedays your the windshield & somedays your the cicada, sorry little guys, see me coming get out of the way...Interesting write Ed, didnt know the difference between them and locusts...Peace thru Nature, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Gary Gebert 4/5/2004
I'm glad I live in Wisconsin! Very interesting.

Gary
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/5/2004
(((ed)))

o, i remember those--had 'em in ohio--we called them the "17 year locusts"--don't know if they have 'em in texas

they used to sing--loudly--i miss their music in a way...haven't heard it in a while

but god, to look at them--they'd give me the CREEPS with their red devil eyes *shivers*

excellent lesson, excellent poem--and that pic LOLOLOLOL you are a mess

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/5/2004
Very interesting, I loved hearing about this, excellent!

Reindeer
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 4/5/2004
The Cicada has always fascinated me, Eddie.
The last time I saw some, I was in a lawn chair, with my eyes closed,
soaking up the sunshine....and heard this 'whirrrring' of wings. I watched a pair land on a piece of driftwood, and "go numb." In evening, when I came back outside, they were still there, but I heard them, first...then saw them...still on the driftwood, but quite alert now.
They do have a most unique sound. I'm glad they are not harmless.
I have enough headaches each year with the hordes of Ladybugs that
coat both the inside and outside of our house!
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 4/5/2004
This is so exhaustive of your creative abilities all verses the history and the aRT.
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/5/2004
Good history lesson on the cicadas. Another of God's creatures we should respect and not harm.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/5/2004
this takes me back to ohio, when we had the cicadas come. they sure were noisy critters! they look like big flies with red eyes; creepy lookin' buggers! good and informative write; enjoyed~

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Sheila Jones (Reader) 4/5/2004
I don't believe I have ever seen these Cicadas, they do look a bit like a fly. Thank you Ed, this was most interesting and informative...

Wonderful write!

Love, Sheila
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 4/5/2004
Thanks for all the great info Ed
They look like flies I must say
Have a great day!
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 4/5/2004
This is so well written, Ed!
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 4/5/2004
They drive my dogs nuts. Thanks Ed.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/5/2004
Ed, Their love song is deafening but they sound like they're having fun.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 4/5/2004
I really enjoy your educational writes, Ed.
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 4/5/2004
Excellent and informative write. Thanks for sharing it.

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