brown stripes on black shades
woolly worm writhes across log
When I was growing up, we’d escape the teachers and run out into the cornfields. We’d find woolly worms and race them – the winner would, supposedly, determine how difficult the upcoming winner would be. In fact, North Carolina has the Woolly Worm Festival – a weird little event where even more woolly worms are raced. I used Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday with “Creepy and Color” to celebrate this animal in the larval stage. I may have change ‘creepy’ to ‘creep,’ but I liked the poem I came up with anyway.
I couldn’t find a free image, so I will cite the Woolly Worm Festival’s 2015 winner. The more black rings, the worse winter will be; the more red-brown rings, the easier winter will go.