The grasshopper turns
its liquid opal eye upon the leaf.
Where the eye goes, the bent tripod feet
the grass-shark jaw soon follow.
Where the jaw goes
death dances along
eating alive the tiny green
all that celadon succulence
murdered and swallowed
to hatch a hundred
begotten only to unbind
There is no end
to the hunger of the grasshopper
staring, staring at the waving
ocean of grass it cannot comprehend
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Header Image: Grasshopper eating Eggplant Leaf,
Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) (Own Picture.) [GFDL 1.2 (www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons