The Junebugs

A Moving tale which begins in beauty and ends touching on too shocking a reality. – j.kiley

The Junebugs


Hey boy come here — quick,
♠♠so he dropped his rake and
ran to the yard by the house
where probably five hundred
♠♠junebugs like a pile of emeralds
and rubies glistened crawling

over each other under each other
♠♠in the grass. By god look at them
he said and his son

said Hold on, I got an idea, and ran
♠♠to the house for the bundle of
twine and gunpowder he had tied

together into a bomb for such
♠♠a purpose and blew an equally
glittering hole in the yard

a foot into the earth and the punch
♠♠his father landed reverberated
in his skull for the rest of his life

and when the assassin fired
♠♠it was the last thing he saw —
junebugs everywhere crawling

glistening in the tall summer grass.

– Steve Scafidi –

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Length: 1m 53s

The Junebugs
Original poem by Steve Scafidi
(from the Lincoln Poems)
Read by David Purdham
Directed by Oddfellows
Creative Direction: Chris Kelly
Art Direction: Colin Trenter
Producer: TJ Kearney
Screenplay: Justin Kelly
Design and Illustration: Yuki Yamada, Hana kim
Titles: Lisa Mishima
Animation: Stan Cameron, Chris Anderson, Nata Metlukh, Josh Parker, Kavan Magsoodi, Jay Quercia, Lorraine Sorlet, Chris Kelly, Colin Trenter, Jordan Scott
Music and Sound by Antfood

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