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May 18, 2005

an open love letter to _Magicicada_

Last night after rugby I celebrated Syttende Mai with a Venezuelan from Anchorage over a cosmo and some food at Luna Grill. Out of Control. As I rode home on my bike, I thought about my two-week love affair from a year ago...

cicada armyDear Magicicada:

It’s been exactly a year now since we first met. I was not native to your Mid-Atlantic range, and was so happy to have met you and all your friends last year. In fact, I miss you, and can hardly bear to wait another 16 years. Trudging through a summer without your hypnotic hum, your beady red eyes, and diaphanous wings…I just don’t know what to do with my time now. Somehow I'll try to find the will to survive.

Everyone ate well that spring. Squirrels were nearly obese, geese were producing back-to-back clutches, and house finches were behaving like flycatchers, pursuing your nutty chewiness on the wing. Everyone was happy, and then you were gone.

Silence. You left me with silence, without a word, with nothing but a few scattered wings here and there. For a bouquet all I got were the dead ends of tree branches everywhere. It was a fitting statement – you pretty much shot your load and left me. Me and everyone else.

Do you think I’m going to just wait another 16 years for you to just show up on my doorstep and look at me like that again? No way. No way am I going to do that. I’m finding another bee to buzz in my bonnet, thank you very much. You just keep on living your life with your head in the ground and I’m going to go on with mine.


Posted by jimbo at May 18, 2005 3:04 PM


I'm a bit of a lurker, been reading your blog for a year or more. I am a 27 year old Aussie guy (living in Belgium at the mo) and love that you love our Pop Princess from Down Under (and rugby for that matter) enough to plaster her all over the place!
Her tour was great, she is a very sweet lady one on one and it's nice to see some Americans love her too!

Cheers Jimbo and cheers KM!

Posted by: Clinton at May 18, 2005 1:05 PM

Aussie Clinton: We don't just love her, we WORSHIP her! Yes, we wish her well with the cancer-- and hope that the tour comes to America! I've still got the taste of Cher in my mouth and need to get rid of it! David in Washington DC

Posted by: David at May 19, 2005 3:13 PM