Monday Morning #Haiku 196 — Grasshoppers (02)

Midsummer meadow–
brown grasshoppers stridulate
and practice long jump.

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

16 thoughts on “Monday Morning #Haiku 196 — Grasshoppers (02)”

  1. Dear Sarah,

    You taught me a new word. I wasn’t familiar with stridulate. 😉 It does make me think of an old favorite of my dad’s:
    “Define the word ‘stimulate.'”
    “It’s what you say to Stim when he’s two hours late.”
    I love a good play on words, don’t you? Although this one might be considered a bad one. Love the haiku.



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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      I’m always in two minds about using less well known words, because some people, unlike you, are quite lazy about looking at a dictionary (whether online or otherwise). Sometimes, I think “what the hell” and just go for it, if the word says what I want to say the best. Also, if it sounds good out loud, then that’s an added plus.

      Anyway, I’m glad you loved it. We’re always having sessions playing on words in my family, so I appreciate your dad’s play on “stimulate”.

      All best wishes,

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      1. Dear Sarah,

        Jan and I have had a few heated discussions about certain words. He’s decided that if he doesn’t know a word neither will my readers. I say they can bloody well reach for a dictionary, if that’s the case. Limn is one of those words. I’ve used it a few times. I like it. I don’t like dummying things down.



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  2. Me too…a new word…never before seen that word in print, so thank you! I will have to use that in a novel for sure. 🙂 I love grasshoppers. Great creatures, as long as they aren’t eating crops. We used to catch them when we were kids. No purpose to it other than the thrill of catching them, releasing them, and doing it all over again on a warm summer day.

    Wishing you a spectacular Monday, my dear friend.


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    1. Same as us as kids, and with my kids, too. We would have contests to see who could catch the most grasshoppers per hour in a glass jar. Of course we would release them afterwards.

      Wishing you a wonderful week, my dear friend. And I will be watching out for that word in one of your novels!


  3. I love when I have to look up a word… and no, never dumb down. The lazy ones will miss the point and the ones like us will increase their vocabulary…

    Love this, by the way!

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    1. Thank you. The new word seems to have gone down well. I just noted that I didn’t have enough syllables in my second line. Have now specified that the grasshoppers are of the ‘brown’ variety, to add one more syllable!


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