gnawing at the roots
for almost two decades
I think of my mother
digging from the womb of Earth
sunlight for the first time
I see my father
I will always arrive on time
to shed my skin
to start again
I am here I am

Brood x cicadas are arriving! These 17 year old insects are emerging from the Earth to finish their life cycles. I was fortunate enough to see many near metro Detroit. Observing them inspired me to create this sketch and poem. If you see them, please observe them with respect.

Time lapse sketch of a Brood X Cicada on toned paper in gouache, acrylic ink and colored pencil.