by Kurt Cyrus
Through the tangle, softly gliding,
Comes a long, long tummy, sliding—
Just a belly, nothing more,
Except the eyes that come before,
And a mouth so wide and hollow,
No one knows what it might swallow.
Crickets? Weevils? Worms or slugs?
Juicy, slurpy spittlebugs?
Bouncing frogs, all slick and fat?
Garden fresh. You can’t beat that!
How about some fuzzy mice?
Crunchy snails are always nice. . . .
Sliding softly, here and gone,
A belly with a head stuck on.
Copyright © 2001 Kurt Cyrus. From Oddhopper Opera: A Bug’s Garden of Verses. HMH Books for Young Readers. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Kurt Cyrus has written and/or illustrated numerous picture books, including Tadpole Rex, Hotel Deep, Oddhopper Opera, and Your Skeleton is Showing. He has also illustrated books written by Eve Bunting, Lisa Wheeler and M. T. Anderson. When not writing, he enjoys tending his tree farm. He lives with his family in McMinnville, Oregon, one block off of Sesame Street.