You cannot find a Praying Mantis by praying for it,
believe me, I’ve tried.
It’s not that they aren’t there, I suppose,
but rather, I lack the eyes to see them.
Before today I couldn’t have found a grasshopper
unless it sprang across my path, brushing against my arm or leg.
But today I spent an hour looking, with my son,
and soon I was seeing them too,
brown or green with hints of yellow,
clinging to a blade of grass in a field of grasses.
I trained my eyes to look
and they began to see
(not to mention that I was
in the company of an expert seer,
as all children are known to be).
Tonight on our walk after dinner, guess who finally found a praying mantis?! That's right! And, my reward is that it's now living in an aquarium in the kids' room, at least I hope it's still in the aquarium . . .
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