Saturday, June 6, 2009

Praying with a mantis

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore--
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visiter," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door--
Only this and nothing more."
. . .

. . .
Soon again I heard a tapping something louder than before.
"Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see, then, what thereat is and this mystery explore--
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;--
'Tis the wind and nothing more.
. . .
from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
Would that I could write such poetry. But I too, in the midnight silence, heard a sudden TIK at my window.
It turned out to be a visitation by a big praying mantis!
Strange . . . I was praying a bit before going to bed when the Mantis religiosa (his scientific name) appeared. It was nice to have someone to pray with.
Especially since mantis is Greek for prophet.
Luckily there was a screen between us. A mechitza maybe?
You're invited to the Camera-Critters meme to see other bloggers' animals.


Melanie D said...

very cool, and at least it was outside and not in!! I have never seen one of those before, don't think we have those up here in Canada!!

Kay said...

We used to have them here in Hawaii but I don't see them anymore. That's a huge one on the screen. Wow!

Brooke said...

Poe was an amazing author, indeed.

Island Style said...

I enjoyed this..I've always liked these guys-

Cloudia said...

A wonderful post.
Your prayers evoke response!
Thanks for sharing your privacy of heart with us. Aloha, Dina

Indrani said...

Praying Mantis are a friend of the garden, they eat the insects that destroy plants. A good find.
I liked your take on the insect and enjoyed reading the lines. :)

Pietro said...

A huge Mantis on your wall, Dina: I hope it has gone away very soon! :-)

spacedlaw said...

Aren't they weird, prehistoric looking creatures? I must have tons in my garden but they usually hide very well. Maybe this one wanted to pray in company.

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The GOD CAN slogan is pre-Obama. Thanks for the visit. Our computer hard drive crashed this month, last month, my camera stopped auto focusing. So, I have been dealing with technology more than being online. My bookmarked list of blog friends was lost with the hard drive, so hearing from people like you, Hilda, Cieldequimper, etc. is making it easier to establish the old address list!

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Mediterranean kiwi said...

this looks huge - i am already freaked out just by the sight of it!

RuneE said...

Edgar Allan Poe at night is best avoided :-)

PS You were quite right!

Joy said...

They're so formidable looking!