No, they’re not trying to teach you how to get in touch with your inner Magnum. But they do look kind of strange running around with all of those jeweler’s loupes and shoving their faces into weird things.
See! It’s really all in the name of education, and for the grade school teacher it’s a must-do.
I’m recommending it to the poets out there as well. At least the part about closely observing nature. You don’t need any special gear, and the regular practice of this skill is what takes a good poet to great.
So here’s your challenge for the day: Taking these two poems as your models, try to craft one of your own in a similar vein. Remember to focus tightly on just one specimen and lavishly describe!
Try not to get too hung up on honeybees and spiders. And if anyone knows of some good insect poems out there that don’t sound like they are channeling Shel Silverstein, please post.