The oncoming cicada cacophony

Soon, the East Coast (along the Route 95 corridor) will  be hearing the din of the insects’ singles scene. Billions of bug-eyed dudes will be clinging to trees and singing for sex.

When will they arrive? The last swell occurred in 1996 and this batch they call brood II comes back every 17 years. So, as soon as the ground temperature reaches 64 degrees, start checking the trees.
But don’t worry, you’ll notice them. Some fear their songs will drown out late spring events, like school proms, graduations and June weddings.

a cicada chirrs--
there! and there!
stars appear
- Issa

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