are ferocious moments in the vegetable garden. Humidity rises on
ground that is a little too wet, but beans need tending, and if left for
one more day stringiness and rot begin to happen.
Under such circumstances Stink Bugs feel secure. They will watch you
approach, see the sweat on your brow, admire the redness in your face,
wonder perhaps how at your age you have managed to bend your back so
long. Between them there is conversation, a matter of fact
discussion about whether you will expire before or just after you reach
the leaf upon which they are stubbornly accrediting their own next
Together they try to choose a path
of avoidance. They are agile, beady and suddenly they are acutely
aware of their dangerous predicament. You are bovine, clumsy and
poor-sighted. Then with an infuriating arrogance, they lift their
wings and together they fly.
Chasing them will not produce a
satisfactory conclusion. You will spill fresh picked beans, trip and
fall, while they laugh all the way to the tomato plants, and next year
their progeny will be even sneakier.