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