Elytra

Karen Townsend,
Naturalist

October 1998

 

a.gif (364 bytes)   ladybug climbs a green stem
Making slow progress with mincing steps
My woman heart goes out to her
A lady's life is so restrictive

ladybug.jpg (6281 bytes)
(photo: NBEN-RENB)

Her red ochre back shining
The colour of my own hair
Black spots decorate her body
Like the freckles that spatter mine

Her tender insides are sheltered
By gleaming metallic armour
That makes her movements so slow
Her heart so distant

Wait--I see the case opening
My ladybug, on hidden black wings of folded silk,
Soars upward into the blue of the summer sky
And I feel I have just been shown the secret of joy