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My Grasshoppers Tomb

For many years

I kept a grasshopper

In a sage silver cage

Some said I was cruel

But it did not pine for the wild

And on each morning of its long life

I would feed it on the cool morning dew

On the day that it died you constructed a splendid tomb

From soft shadowed jade to honour its final journey

 

 

Grasshoppers in Ancient Greece were often kept as pets