Photograph and poem by Joni Caggiano September 8, 2021
red hat on an arrogant rooster crowing
crickets frantically rub spiny legs spinning tales
turtles crawl along like tourists with too much baggage
blue jays sneak seeds released by a pair of artistic squirrels
twin milkweed plants sigh, missing the fading monarch caterpillars
yellow jackets stinging lawnmowers, confused in an insect world, upside down
cartel seeks totoaba for its swim bladder, as vaquitas are fading in nets as they drown
a child flies an orange balloon, a doe is hit by a car, water puts out fires, death has no sound
Dear WordPress family,
It was so disappointing that our milkweed plants were void of all monarch caterpillars this year. Last year in 2020, the yearly overwintering in Mexico showed a 53% decrease in their migration, placing the monarch population well below the extinction threshold.
I wanted to take this chance to tell you all how much I enjoy being part of this unique community. The friendships I am still making and the opportunities to share my work have been a blessing. Thank you for caring and embracing me as part of your lives.
Love to you all,