Rengay Through the Seasons #41 Summary

by Masago: Rengay #41 (Jun 8-14, 2008) Summary

Their Points

Oh mosquito,
little one in my shower...
cease fire?

A rain drop hits the earth —
the ant changes course.

Hornets under
the back porch — the front
gets busier.

A bee embraces
a rose blossom — the stinger
points skyward.

Sun-facing spider web —
each dew drop, a jewel.

Broad daylight —
a sudden tiny sting,
and no deerfly!

The central theme in this rengay is "Biting Insects". There is also a pattern in that the insects in all the verse are insects that fly, except to two-line verses in which the insects do not typically fly (ant and spider).

Verse 6 describes the experience of feeling a sting or a pinch, looking down and seeing where the deerfly or horsefly had bitten. It is amazing how they can land, bite, take off, and you don't feel a thing till after they've left!

The title "Their Points" has two meanings: their stinging "body part" (that typically is a point), and the idea that the insects make their points by stinging. There is a sense of power in these biters and they are not afraid of big creatures. Whatever these insects do, they sort of make their points.

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J. Andrew Lockhart said...

it may have been painful for you, but I really liked this one. :)

jem said...

This one worked well. Every time you amaze me at how much scope there is within quite a limited theme. Super stuff.

polona said...

ants fly, too - in mating season :)
but it's true i have never seen arachnids with wings

love the title!

Masago said...

Andrew: LOL, it wasn't so bad. Thanks!

Jem: Thank you for your kind words.

Polona: Yes, of course. That is why I said, "insects do not TYPICALLY fly". :-) Thank you.

Janice Thomson said...

Vaughn this was an exceptional series. Each verse is well crafted giving one a greater appreciation of the insect world and the role they play.
I chuckled when reading the hornet verse for 2 reasons - 1)just snapped a photo yesterday of one and 2)they've made a huge nest deep inside the light fixture above the back door - now they are building little structures just underneath the flap of the covering over the swing set - I'm unsure too how to remove them without harming them :)

Pamela said...

I'm holding perfectly still-- for the hornet and the bee -- but flailing like an idiot for all the others.

wonderful pictures -- each verse.

Masago said...

Pamela: Some of them do command respect. :-) Thanks!