Monday, May 24, 2021

Monday WRites 299

Caterpillars In My Plumerias
Yesterday, was held, A National Day of Prayer. We are still in our 3rd lockdown, and in A State of Emergency here in Trinidad and Tobago.
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And, there are caterpillars in my plumerias. I did googling on Caterpillars and found some  interesting info:
The life cycle of Caterpillar symbolizes times when you're dealing with potential and transformation. Caterpillars are associated with good luck and new birth. The caterpillar represents new birth and new foundation and is a symbol of good luck in the early phase of new actions. Caterpillars usually signify a need for gentle and quiet approaches to our activities and endeavors. The caterpillar spirit animal teaches you the importance of patience. You need to wait .When this spirit guide finds its way into your life, you achieve steady progress in everything you do. Yes, you may be a bit slow, but your progress is steady and admirable.
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You've heard about the Monday Blues well this is Monday WRites (musing on the definition here of rite, as any customary observance for eg the rite of afternoon tea). 

Welcome to Monday WRites #299: A Happy Monday to all. Be Safe.

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Haibun Monday 5-24-21: 
Flower moon

Decked in our 'glad to be out of the house wear'. We sit around tables in the church yard. The plates and cups are made of plastic, so are the forks and spoons. But the table cloths are of the kind, if you spill anything on it, i will have have to be put in the washer, to be laundered and then it must be ironed.

Most of us know one another. A few have brought in a sister or brother, neighbour or a friend. It's a bright night and we sit in an uncovered space, the car park. The old church at that time is still with us, and we pray fervently for our new refurbished church at every opportunity we come together.

How come there is that large lamp over there? The Park and the police station are that way.

churchyard gathering -
super moon officiates
at our supper
We Gather © gillena cox 2021
[haibun written in the classical present tense about an event which happened long ago]



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48 comments:

  1. Oh, those are magnificent caterpillars, dear Gillena!
    Do you know what butterflies it will turn out to be? I hope they don't eat your plants. You may be able to release them into the wild, I'll do that with some bugs here that ruin my roses. I hope in your lockdown you can at least leave the house for such purposes? I wish you that things will soon be better in Trinidad and Tobago too and that you will be able to move more freely again.
    Stay healthy!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    All the best from Austria
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/05/ausflug-auf-die-perchtoldsdorfer-heide.html

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  2. Happy you dropped by Traude. This is what i found online about these caterpillars...

    The larvae of the frangipani moth, also known as Pseudosphinx tetrio. In the island of Martinique they are also referred to as Rasta caterpillars because of their colouring. Plumeria caterpillar feeds on the plumeria tree which produces a poisonous sap, the caterpillar is not harmed by feeding thus, rather it makes itself toxic and foul tasting to predators. After gorging itself it drops to the ground and buries itself beneath the soil, later to emerge as large Hawk Moths

    Muchđź’šlove

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  3. Thanks for the information, dear Gillena!
    I had to take a look at the Frangipani moth on the internet - the caterpillar looks a lot nicer and more spectacular than the moth itself. The term Rasta caterpillars is funny! :-DD I also hope that they do not cause too much damage to your plants :-)
    Hugs, Traude

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  4. The plumerias are a hardy bunch, after tge caterpillar's feast, tgey will be trimmed and in no time at at all the will spring up leafy and then blossom
    Thanks for dropping by

    Muchđź’šlove

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  5. Those are gorgeous caterpillars! There are so many I can't imagine they won't do a lot of damage! The tomato hornworm is a kind of hawk moth too. I've "raised" one and seen it bury itself in the soil. Different from butterflies. I would suggest NOT taking them elsewhere! I've read cases where people do that and 1- they starve for lack of proper food (they can't eat just any greenery) and 2- it introduces a pest to other areas that may be pest free, like city parks where people put caterpillars. I love the positive symbolism. Waiting, hmmm... now, where have I read something about waiting recently? Something coming up on Wednesday? What a coincidence!

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    1. I meant to say that I had no idea you were in a State of Emergency! I haven't heard a thing about it. The news seems to just focus on India or how great it is in the US (which it isn't, although better). Keep safe!

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    2. Thanks for your appreciation Lisa

      Muchđź’šlove

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    3. Oh about those tomato caterpillars, thats serious business, no fun at all
      Thanks for dropping by

      Muchđź’šlove

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  6. ...those caterpillars are amazing. they are so long. Take care and stay safe, thanks for hosting Gillena.

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  7. They have found something GOOD to eat! They are pretty but I'm sure they can eat a plant up in no time. I'm keeping you and everyone in your country in my prayers. It's so frightening when the numbers go up. Take care and stay safe my dear friend!

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    1. Thanks Diane. Happy you dropped by

      Muchđź’šlove

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  8. Sorry to hear you're still in lockdown. What fantastic caterpillars! I am sure better times are coming, and I also hope you get your new church soon :-)

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    1. The haibun is written in the classical present tense style about a happening in the long ago past. We already got our newly refurbished church

      Thanks for dropping by Ingrid
      Muchđź’šlove

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  9. I love how you describe the gathering in the open... and how amazing to have the moon as company

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Bjorn

      Muchđź’šlove

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  10. Beautiful haibun. I love all the details, the tablecloth, the location, the moon officiating, lovely <3

    Sunra Rainz (www.sunrarainz.wordpress.com)

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  11. Thanks for your appreciation Sundra

    Muchđź’šlove

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  12. “And, there are caterpillars in my plumerias.”

    I don’t know why, I just love that sentence. :)

    Isn’t that the truth about tablecloths?! I have one out for 5 minutes, and someone spills something on it.

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation May

      Muchđź’šlove

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  13. Those caterpillars are amazing. I like how the moon made such an appearance at your church gathering. I hope the situation improves soon in T&T.

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Merril

      Muchđź’šlove

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  14. I love the immediacy of your flower moon haibun! Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Frank

      Muchđź’šlove

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  15. Hopefully, the caterpillars are a sign of a positive change to come in this health crisis. It's nice that you have your friends from the church to help you get through it.

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  16. The haibun is written in the classical present tense style. But event had taken place a longbtime ago ☺Thanks for your appreciation.

    Muchđź’šlove

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  17. Love the caterpillar piece, and Esp the Flower Moon hiabun, GC> Salute.

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation Rob

      Muchđź’šlove

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  18. Very nicely done. Glad you could have an evening of picnicking with your your church group. Sorry to hear you are still in Lock Down. Will you caterpillers make Monarch Butterflies??

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    1. Happy you dropped by Dwight. These caterpillars will blossom into Hawk Moths

      Muchđź’šlove

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Monica

      Muchđź’šlove

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  20. I love the camaraderie you describe here, Gillena. Glad you can gather with those you care about.

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    1. This event was pass lobg ago before Covid 19.
      Happy you dropped by Lili

      Muchđź’šlove

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  21. From your comments I see that beautiful caterpillars become ugly moths; nature has a sense of humor--as do you with your last line.

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    1. ☺thanks for your appreciation Glenn

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  22. Gillena - I am conditioned by my father to think of caterpillars as the enemy, but I attended a conservation gardening webinar this week and it really helped me come to accept that caterpillars (or other insects/creatures) who feast on native plants are part of the natural ecosystem that we should not disturb. So I was glad to hear that you accept them on your plumeria. (Caterpillars on tomato plants would be a different story since tomato plants are not native in my area!) Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, and you continue to be on my prayer list for a rapid resolution to the pandemic for your country.

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation Angie

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  23. beautiful words and photos, gillenas. they look lovely. and this is so informative, too! i hope you stay safe!

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Rosema

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  24. Oh to the caterpillars so wonderfuL

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  25. Thank you for transporting us into the past, Gillena, with your classical present tense haibun. Happy times, which I'm sure will come around again. The caterpillars in your plumerias are so colourful!

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation Kim

      Muchđź’šlove

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  26. Oh, the caterpillars are really a danger for the leaves in the garden. I remembering on our appletree with such caterpillars, we picked each of them from the tree.

    Happy MosaicMonday

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  27. Must have been lovely to get out in the open for a gathering. The weather's still not fine enough here.

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  28. Thanks for droppibg by Jane

    Muchđź’šlove

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