June Bugs

June bugs or Sunburst beetles emerge in great numbers in June and chew holes in the giant leaves of sunflowers and make wayward flights into human territory. They are also a beautiful glossy/iridescent green/gold. Just a little entomology to introduce another short-lived but beloved early summer favorite – June haiku:


wild blackberries

so like my curls

dark and sweet


all my poems

suddenly adrift

this June night


the swishing wind

carries your name

rain falling


orange blossom honey

the sweetness

of yielding


I’d rather fall in love

than write poems

the june moon