One-quarter Billion BC

by Kevin T. McEneaney

That green cicada on my window screen

with its bright bulging eyes set wide apart

is impressive: gaze into its large eye—

witness a powerful self-confidence!

In fact, they are a superfamily

who have not yet been completely counted.

They lived when there were but two continents,

Pangea and her daughter Siberia.

Above them great dinosaurs roamed and stomped,

yet here they are in shrill timbral choir

singing their ancient, mystical refrain

in the cool moonless night of late August.

They seem to know that we are passing bugs

who won’t be around very much longer.