Savor the Summer Wisconsin: 1 Week of Poems Dedicated to This Short-Lived Phenomena

 

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American dog tick

Dermacentor variabilis
Adult
photo by Jim Occi, ipmimages.org

Love of a Wood Tick

Tiny legs against my skin

like the faintest whisper of breeze,

I pluck your almost indestructible battle-tested body

off the curve of my neck just below the ear

and out of the hairline

and fling you back into the forest

just in time to hear grandsons shrieks and screams

“There’s another one! They’re all over!”

I shake my tangled waves and your brothers and sister fly out of my hair

like snakes off  Medusa’s head,

wood ticks only a mother could love.

 

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About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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2 Responses to Savor the Summer Wisconsin: 1 Week of Poems Dedicated to This Short-Lived Phenomena

  1. Profile photo of Sunshine Jansen says:

    I just love this poem; read it days ago and I’m still thinking about it. You’ve inspired in me a newfound tenderness for these tiny “battle-tested” arachnids!