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Humid holiday / cicadas lament loudly / from lofty perches.

Hot and humid day / at summer's end cicadas / sing their mating song. | haikumages

Twoku: A sweltering day / even cicadas lament / the humidity.

Threeku: Hot and humid day / at summer’s end cicadas / sing their mating song.

Fourku: Humid Labor Day / thick air makes labored breathing / as we thank workers.

NOTE 1: I know the image is of a cicada’s left-behind shell, or larval (pupal?) exoskeleton, but I could not find a live one willing to be photographed while singing, so it’ll have to do…

NOTE 2: about a year ago, at the end-of-summer season, I wrote a different haiku about the cicada’s song: https://haikumages.com/2013/08/30/ (the image with that haiku shows a resplendent, freshly-emerged adult cicada, sans its recently doffed shell)…

Oh, and if you’re curious about how a cicada sings its song, here’s a video:

– the Haikook

This entry was published on 2014/09/01 at 5:21 pm. It’s filed under Animals, Farm & Rural, Haiku, Nature, Season, Summer, Weather and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Humid holiday / cicadas lament loudly / from lofty perches.

  1. I have never seen or heard a cicada, except in literature!!! This post was an eye opener, and thanks for the video. I like the black and white photo, too.

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  2. Hey Carol! Glad I could introduce you to the “song” of the cicada – I’ve grown up with them fascinated by their August cacophony! Thanks for liking this one… BTW I was in SF the last week of July, visiting a client, and will return there at least once in the months ahead – grab a haiku/snail coffee?

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