by Masago: Rengay #41 (Jun 8-14, 2008) Summary
little one in my shower...
A rain drop hits the earth —
the ant changes course.
the back porch — the front
A bee embraces
a rose blossom — the stinger
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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