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Ceasura

Raucous cicadas

Stoccatos on an old oak

Lovers’ haunt of yore

Restive the six rod windchime

Drowns the din and arrests time

Waka

The Season of Fireflies is Past

For Reat Toads Tuesday Platform.

The Season of Fireflies is Past
“There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind.” Anthony Bourdain

The season of fireflies is past. 183 more words

General Poetry

Field Recording series

October marks the start of a few new things in my life, one of which is the first release of what will be a series of straight field recording albums. 39 more words

Rhys Channing

《蛙文》/ Frogscript 12 • 郭少鳳 Evette Kwok

Please scroll down for the English translation!

《蛙文:蟬》

郭少鳳著

每逢初夏就會聽到「唧唧…唧唧…唧唧」嘅蟬叫。有人好鐘意佢哋,覺得係大自然嘅交響樂,亦有人好憎佢哋:唔記得邊年嘅夏天,聽到一單可笑嘅新聞,有屋苑住戶向物業管理署投訴蟬嗚丶蛙叫,嘈嚫佢,攪到職員要趕蟬,捉蛙。

我當然係鐘意蟬嘅前者,尤其知道佢哋獨特嘅生命週期,聽到蟬叫,簡直係一件值得開香檳嘅事。蟬一般係喺初夏開始鳴叫,盛夏就慢慢消失,令到我一直誤以為蟬只得一、兩個月嘅壽命。但事實並非如此,實際上,蟬嘅一生大部份嘅時間係以幼蟲嘅形式生活喺泥土地下,吸食植物嘅汁液為生,在泥土掩護下避開天敵,慢慢等待成長,最終破土而出。

不過呢種等待特別長,唔同品種嘅蟬等待時間都唔一樣,短嘅都有一年、三年或五年,係呀!你冇睇錯,係以年做單位。更不能不提嘅係北美「十七年蟬」嘅週期蟬,一等就十七年。蟬會揀選夏天嘅夜晚,破土而出,重見天日,爬到樹枝上,為蛻變為成蟲前作出最後準備。佢哋嘅背部會出現一道裂痕,身體就會爬出呢個外殻,傾力振翅,身體會慢慢乾透及硬化,然後開始生命嘅另一階段。呢個過程叫羽化,亦即所謂嘅「金蟬脫殼」,剩下嘅外殼,就叫蟬蜕,是中藥嘅一種。呢一刻真係好神聖,係咪值得開香檳慶祝先?!

不過細心諗諗,經過咗咁多年係濕濕凍凍、黑黑暗暗嘅地下生活,啱啱羽化嘅蟬對於光線同埋和暖嘅温度應該感到相當陌生,而身體同時發生巨大又微妙嘅變化,佢哋如何安然面對截然不同嘅世界、真係我哋好難想像得到!

蟬喺羽化後,就要完成傳宗接代嘅任務,雄蟬會大聲唱歌,吸引異性。有趣嘅係,佢哋可以喺唱歌嘅時間同時進食。原因係佢哋根本唔係用喉嚨唱歌,蟬聲係由振動腹部嘅薄膜而產生嘅。短短幾個星期内,成功交尾之後,佢哋就功成身退,安然逝世。雌性嘅壽命就稍長一點,不過都只係喺產卵後就死亡。

「蟬」與「襌」係同音字,當認識到蟬嘅一生,好難唔將蟬同禪比較。蟬嘅生存目標相當清晰,佢哋雖然需要花一生大部份嘅時間,獨自係一個喺安靜和黑暗嘅環境下慢慢忍耐和成長,當面對巨大改變時,亦能處之泰然,俾我嘅感覺係好「禪」、亦好有大智慧。我對「禪」嘅認識唔多,加上我嘅慧根不足,可能未能講得太清楚,不過我覺得如果能夠向蟬多多學習,必能修練自己嘅耐性,了解自己對人生嘅看法,亦可以幫助我哋更加深刻體會世界嘅“變幻無常”。 808 more words

Cantonese

Lobster Claws

The emptied husk of a dog day cicada (Neotibicen). This is the final form of the underground nymph stage of these annual cicadas, which spend four to five years underground sucking on plant roots, counting the days. 88 more words

Fieldnotes

"a soothing breeze"

Written for:  Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (3) a soothing breeze

a soothing breeze
cicadas sing their song
sound of water                                       © Chèvrefeuille (2015) (our host) 15 more words

Purple's Home

Coffee Log, Day 197

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CoffeeTea: Bigelow’s Earl Grey, pre-packed; fragrant like a rest home, bitter like all the missed opportunities that got you there.

My coffee pot broke – again. 330 more words