Friday, February 19, 2016

A Different Perspective

I like my stripes
and my orange hue,                                                                   
This fella was outside my husband's office.
but it seems people
haven't a clue.

When they see me
they scream, "Eek!"
I don't get it,
they're the freak.


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26 comments:

  1. Wonderful, and I guess they do scream. I "think" it's a beetle, right? Have you seen Steve Jenkins' Beetle Book, so awesome. You have the neatest insects, Bridget!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I haven't seen Jenkins' Beetle Book, but I plan to check it out. This fella is a Giant Mesquite Bug - it is not listed as a beetle, but he is. They are common in the desert because we have a lot of mesquite trees. =)

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  2. It is all in your perspective. We certainly must look odd to a lot of creatures! It's a wonder they don't shriek when they see us. Maybe they do, but it's quieter because they are so much smaller.

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    1. I think you're right, Donna, there are probably a whole bunch of screams when critters see us, they are just on another frequency. =)

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  3. Nothing "freaky" about your poetry! Great photo, too! At first glance, before reading the accompanying poem or the photo's caption, I thought the striped creature was a clown fish, which gave a completely different perspective on where the encounter takes place, and how the conversation sounded. BTW, what kind of creature is that? I don;t think I've ever seen one like it--not in print, and thankfully not in person! Thanks so much for sharing! God bless you.

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    1. Thank you, CB! A poem from a clown fish's perspective sounds interesting...
      This fella is a Giant Mesquite Bug - common to Tucson. =)

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  4. I love the switch in perspective. We must look like mushy, ugly giants to them.

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I think most insects see us as being pretty inferior, what with us only having two legs to their far superior six. Uh-oh, I might be getting an inferiority complex. ;o)

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  5. I guess it is pretty in its own way...

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    1. True, Tabatha, I guess that's better than what can be said for a lot of humans. ;o)

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  6. Wow, what a weird bug -- a beetle? Glad he got his say via your clever poem. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jama! He is a Giant Mesquite Bug - we have a lot of mesquites in Tucson. I always wonder what's on the mind of critters - no matter how small.

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  7. You do get your share of interesting specimens, don't you, Bridget! I certainly don't remember any of these when I lived in NM. I confess, some days I feel more freaky than others.

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    1. We do, Michelle! Keeps life interesting in the desert. These guys are Giant Mesquite Bugs and they are prolific in AZ because of the mesquites everywhere. I agree, I'm sure there are plenty of critter "eeks!" when I leave the house sometimes. =)

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  8. I love brightly colored beetles. They are far more beautiful and diverse than we humans. I bet they think we all look alike. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Brenda, the orange hue is my favorite! We humans are boring - critters know how to stand out in the crowd! =)

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  9. Clever as usual, Bridget. I do wonder how we appear to the insects! Slow-moving, monochrome giants, I suspect.

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    1. Thank you, Violet! Yes, I'm sure the insect world is not impressed with our physiques or footfalls. =)

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  10. The power of poetry and perspective. Nice one, Bridget. I remember reading a poem from a toad as a child, and how misunderstood it was under its warts and all appearance. I can't say I've had a soft spot for toads ever since... (the bufo marinus is doing a lot of damage throughout Australia) but I can't loathe them, either.

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    1. Thank you, Kat! I guess it is a good reminder that critters have feelings, too. Toads are not my favorites either. =)

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  11. Bridget, I love the voice in this poem. Eek! Great sound word that would be something I might do when seeing a strange creature or are we the strange ones strolling around? It's all in the perspective as you noted.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! Just goes to show you that everything is relative. =)

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  12. Insects don't bother me as much as rodents! I think this little guy is quite handsome, and I love that you've given him a voice.

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    1. I agree that this fella is handsome - I'm a sucker for anyone who can sport orange. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine! =)

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  13. Gee, and I thought it was one of the desert crickets. A Mesquite cricket is a beautiful bug.

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    1. They are good looking, aren't they? You have your fair share of good looking bugs/critters in paradise, too. Love your poems about Hawaii. =)

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