The Song of Jerome

by Nonnie Augustine

The Song of Jerome
Jerome, a young cricket, 
grown strong over summer, chirps 
his loudest and longest to lure Lilah,
his chosen, to him, only him. 

His wings, up and open, send his calls 
sailing to the shy siren's shrub. She hears them,
comes closer, and he courts her with a new song
in a voice low and private. Jerome's chirping 
persuades her to choose him, only him.

Later, in the meadow, all the Gryllidae 
cousins hear “My love is with eggs!” 
Jerome's song of copulation joins 
thousands of others as couples commingle 
all through the night, the hot August night.