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The Hungry Season
“The next season will be the hungry season.”
Moses M. Kolinmore

A stem, a leaf, a stem,
a stem again,

and the army of our bodies
hanging from the branches
of the Dahoma trees.

We come to this as moths
on Saharan winds

with no malice but the wings’
direction, our caterpillar mouths,
our waiting numbers

cocooned in dirt. We are
aching and glutted

but hungry still, even as
we strip the canopy bare of leaves
and foul each river black

with waste below us –
our gruesome chatter asking,

as we fall into the dirt
to reshape what we are,
can you imagine the hunger?

But of course you can; of course,
you hunger the same as we.
And now we should talk about a plague of sorts...

Nightmarish Caterpillar Swarm Defies Control in Liberia
Karen Lange

They came by the millions out of the forest.

From off in the bush, townspeople at the epicenter of the plague heard a low roar, like the sound of heavy rain cascading down through the leaves. It was caterpillar droppings.

In early January, when the long, black caterpillars reached the creeks that serve as the main water sources for the town of Belefanai in north-central Liberia, the creatures' feces instantly turned streams dark and undrinkable.

Moving through the forest canopy on webs, devouring the leaves as they went, the caterpillars advanced like nothing the townspeople had ever seen.

They ate food and cash crops—coffee, cocoa, citrus, plantain, banana, and cassava. They took over homes and people fled.

Venturing into the forest meant being hit by a wave of caterpillars that appeared to be moving forward about as fast as the average person walks.

"The worms would drop on you from all angles," said Moses M. Kolinmore, a mason who arrived in Belefanai just as townspeople realized they had to get word to the government.

"They would cover the whole ground—thousands upon thousands of thick, strong, stubborn worms. It was fearful, very fearful."

You can read all about that here [link] at National

Dave Prisk
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The Hungry Season by *b1gfan ( Suggested by leyghan and Featured by thorns )
Zee-Who Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Congrats on your Daily Deviation!:squee::heart:
b1gfan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you so much Cătălin. I appreciate both your enthusiasm and your kindness my friend :)
ForbiddenObsession Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
beautiful and haunting, your poem sees right into the soul of every animal, from caterpillars to whales to humans. stark, creepy, and perfect O3O
b1gfan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Writer
:giggle: Thank you Bri. That is wonderful feedback indeed and you are very kind to offer it. :D
SarienFhaine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Really great writing :) Love the poem and the way you wrote it from the information below. Cool!
b1gfan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Writer
I am beyond delighted that you enjoyed it Sarien :D Lotsa love to you for taking to time to read and respond to the piece :hug:
SarienFhaine Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Hey no problem :) It was a very good poem :D
b1gfan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Writer
And you are a very good reader ;)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   Writer
:+fav: You took information and turned inside out, so nonexperts would perhaps sympathesize not only with townspeople, but also with your protagonists. A terrific job, all the way around. Congratulations on the DD. Thank you.
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