Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Praying Mantis

The mantis bows his head to pray:
Oh, let me catch a bug today.
A juicy bug, that's plump and fresh,
With chitin-coated, crispy flesh.

I don't care if it's striped or spotted,
Red or green or polka-dotted,
Let one insect fly my way
And I'll be good for one whole day.

Or you could send me three or four,
I'll do good deeds forevermore.
But, if you can, please send me ten.
That's all I ask, thank you, amen.

Just another little poem in honor of National Poetry Month!


  1. Aw, I thought this one was going to be a riddle - still love it though. After reading Annie Dillard in high school I have a fondness for praying mantises.

  2. Sorry! :D I went back and linked the first riddle to the second. It was hidden a couple of posts back. :) I'm glad you liked my poem and are a fellow mantis fan. I think they're about the coolest bugs around. I watched some hatch last year and they start out eensy!

  3. After my children found a praying mantis on a tree in our yard, we searched for a poem to add to our nature journals. We found yours and they loved it and copied it into their journals with their drawings of the praying mantis. Such a cute poem!

  4. Oh that's sweet. I love the idea of nature journals for kids! Glad they liked to poem and thanks for letting me know. :)


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