The Cricketary Tales of Jeffrey Jawser
Table of Contents
Translator with Jeffrey
The Locusts on Migration
Migration: Page Two
Migration: Page Three
Migration: Page Four
The Poet's Introduction
Intro: Page Two
Intro: Page Three
Intro: Page Four
Intro: Page Five
Intro: Page Six
Intro: Page Seven
Intro: Page Eight
Intro: Page Nine
Intro: Page Ten
Intro: Page Eleven
Intro: Page Twelve
Intro: Page Thirteen
The Bison's Tale
Bison: Page Two
Bison: Page Three
Bison: Page Four
The Serpent's Tale
Serpent: Page Two
Serpent: Page Three
Serpent: Page Four
Serpent: Page Five
The Salmon's Tale
Salmon: Page Two
Salmon: Page Three
A Whale of a Tale
Whale: Page Two
Whale: Page Three
Whale: Page Four
Whale: Page Five
Whale: Page Six
Whale: Page Seven
Whale: Page Eight
Whale: Page Nine
The Hummingbird's Tale
Hummingbird: Page Two
Hummingbird: Page Three
Hummingbird: Page Four
Hummingbird: Page Five
Hummingbird: Page Six
The Tern's Tale
Tern: Page Two
Tern: Page Three
Tern: Page Four
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Tern: Page Two

"A horse FLY," exclaimed the toad, "I heard of. But a horse ANT never!"

The tern had to clarify that the ant's name was H-o-a-r-s-e. Hoarse!

Ah, of course! And so all requested that the tern tell the tale of Hoarse the Ant. And your cricket (was he writing more self-consciously now, with an eye toward an epic perhaps?) recorded it for posterity as follows:

Five years younger than Virgin the bee was Hoarse the ant. His father had been a slave ant but became a freedbug. This doting father labored hard and sacrificed much to provide the best education for son Hoarse. In fact, he sent the young ant to study in Grease - to that temple of the intellect, Aesthetes itself.

Many wealthy young Roamin insects studied (and partied) in this great university town. One day a bit of hair-raising news left all of them, including Hoarse, plain bug eyed: Brutal was in town!

Photo by Edward Ross

Bug Brutal, the noblest Roamin of them all - he who struck down the dictator in defense of the Republic was in Aesthetes recruiting an army to fight Seeczar's heirs, Oddoreven and Mark Ant Only.

Young Hoarse was swept off all six of his feet. Very quickly he became an army ant, an officer in the field. Hoarse fought with Brutal at Philip's Eye.

Dear comrade, in the days when thou and I
With Brutal took the field...

(Hoarse is writing an ode to an old friend)

With thee I shared the Philip's Eye wild defect
My shield behind me left, which was not well,
When all that brave array was broke, and fell
In the vile dust full many a mighty insect.

Drawing by Suzan Noguchi Swain