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Gary the Grasshopper
Gordon J.L. Ramel

Gary the Grasshopper sat down in the sun
and sang of the way that his life had begun.
First off as an egg he was laid in the ground
and there he remained with never a sound,
his body unmoving, all pallid and white,
till Spring came around and the weather was right.

He remembers quite clearly the day of his birth
he wriggled and pushed his way up through the earth,
then on reaching the surface he threw off his skin,
he had to do this so his life could begin,
but it wasn’t a problem because underneath
he was wearing another as green as a leaf.

Once born he went looking for something to eat
he really liked salads and seldom ate meat,
and being quite young he thought it was good
to eat just as much as he possibly could.
He grew as he ate, and three times since then
he’s needed to make a new skin once again.

But now he’s full grown and he’s learning to be
an adult grasshopper both handsome and free,
so he sings in the night, and all through the day
till a suitable lady should wander his way,
and when they’re together, and after the rain,
they’ll start the ball rolling all over again.


About this Photo and Poem

The photograph at the top of the page was taken by Vadim Plessky of the Russian Federation.

The author of this poem, Gordon J.L. Ramel, is a well-published poet who also holds a Master's Degree in Ecology from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.  The poem was recently published in his Kindle collection of poems for the young and the young at heart titled Tall Tales, Beautiful Beasts & Peculiar People.

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