I’m sitting out SoCS today while recovering from a summer cold. Here’s a post I’ve had waiting in the wings about my close encounter with a praying mantis whose deliberate movements and intent stare gave the impression of mindfulness. This is the first time I’ve ever shared a video here on WP. It should rotate when you click on it.
Have you ever had this kind of encounter with a praying mantis or other insect?
Pausing just in time to see you
Clinging to the lawn bag
Displaced by my weeding frenzy.
We studied each other for a bit
And I hoped I hadn’t stuffed
Other bugs in with the vines.
I leaned the bag slowly
Toward the mailbox post.
Your front legs reached, pedaling
Until you were close enough to grab hold.
I thought you’d climb down,
But you climbed on top of the mailbox
To view the neighborhood.
You swiveled your head to look at me.
We studied each other, curious.
Then you turned and walked down the other side
And prepared to dive down into the foliage.
I turned to admire the late golden sun.
You must have seen your chance
To disappear into the green.