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A Ladybug of Culture

Lora has been a featured writer in poetry publications. She is currently working on a collection of poems that feature ladybugs.


My Anthology of Ladybug Poems

I hope that you enjoy my series of ladybug poems. These are poems for children and adults that pay tribute to the humble little ladybug as she teaches us to celebrate the miracle of life. The following poem is about a ladybug prodigy.


A Ladybug of Culture

There was a little ladybug

who was quite a sophisticate;

many she would educate

on topics in the news,

whene'er she expressed her views.

She had a great knowledge of opera,

could classify all species of Lepidoptera.

In figuring out chess moves she proved astute

and loved to play Debussy on the flute.

In her polka dotted suit

with decorative hat she looked quite cute,

as she debated most eloquently

on a point considered moot.

She could speak many different languages,

could do elegant flower arrangements,

bought china in a fancy boutique—

selecting only those pieces that were most unique.

She could create wonderful culinary delights,

her rose garden was truly a magnificent sight;

she loved to write poetic verse,

and on the meaning of many she loved to converse.

On essays by Milton she would often expound,

knew all about gravity, light waves, and sound...

not only knowledgeable was she in physics

but even the spiritual realm of mystics!

This little bug who was so erudite

would sit in her garden with her bonnet

and write a most charming sonnet-

that even Shakespeare would have found to his delight.

She was versed in astronomy

and Ptolemy-

zoology, entomology,

even anthropology.

She would wax philosophically

on many subjects,

from the plays of Sophocles

to the formula of a triangle, isosceles.

The epitome of social grace,

she would use only doilies made out of lace;

adhering strictly to the rules of Emily Post,

she was regarded as the perfect host.

She was a wordsmith the likes

you have never seen-

could define syllogism, colloquialism

and every "ism"

in between,

even ventriloquism.

There wasn't much that she didn't know,

with dexterity she could even sew.

So many things this little lady could do...

even make a wonderful veggie gumbo with roux.

Indeed this little lady

was so refine

that only on vegetables

would she dine.

I wish I knew

where'er she went;

I often wondered

from where she was sent.

This little bug so fair

was last seen with gilded wing

just floating in air;

yes, truly sublime,

she was so... extraordinaire.

- Lora Hollings


© 2020 Lora Hollings


Lora Hollings (author) on August 16, 2020:

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Devika. Yes, ladybugs are quite extraordinary, especially this one!

Devika Primic on August 03, 2020:

Interesting about the lady bugs. Such beautiful creatures in nature.

Lora Hollings (author) on June 26, 2020:

Thank you Anupam for reading my poem and for your wonderful comment. I'm happy that you enjoyed it. She certainly is quite a wordsmith. Nice to meet you! Have a great weekend.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 25, 2020:

Oh my God!

Applaud for this art


I loved this poetry form, your imagery and overall this cute fancy ladybug filled with the wordly knowledge.

Lora Hollings (author) on June 10, 2020:

I hope people have as much fun with reading this poem as I had in writing it. Thanks for your comment, Brenda. Best to you!

Lora Hollings (author) on June 10, 2020:

Thanks much for your visit, Mary, and your kind words. This ladybug certainly is a memorable one. Have a great day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 07, 2020:

You are touching many people with your words.

Great write.

Mary Borges from San Diego, California on May 22, 2020:

Your ladybug has quite a memorable personality and I love poems about animals and nature. Wonderful work.

Lora Hollings (author) on May 06, 2020:

Jason, thanks for making my day! I'm so happy to hear that my ladybug poems are a hit with the children that you work with. It's always so nice to hear that something that we do out of love and the joy of creating can bring happiness to others. Thanks for sharing and for the great comment. Stay safe and take care!

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on May 03, 2020:

Excellent job with the ladybug poem series so far Lora.

On Friday, I had the unique privilege of sharing this with some of the children I work with. It was a real treat for them. You could tell they really enjoyed it. One of the children kept pushing the "Again" button on his tablet. It was very cute. Unfortunately, he will have to wait until Monday to hear it again.

I absolutely loved your drawing too by the way. Great job!

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on May 03, 2020:

I think we all could learn something from a ladybug.

Lora Hollings (author) on April 25, 2020:

Thanks Meg for your visit and I appreciate your comment. Happy you enjoyed the poem and it was much fun doing the rhyme! Have a good one.

Lora Hollings (author) on April 25, 2020:

Thanks Alyssa for reading my ladybug poems. I'm glad that you're enjoying this series. It's a series that I really enjoy writing. Both children and adults seem to be fond of ladybugs. Thanks for your wonderful comment and have a great weekend!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on April 25, 2020:

What a lovely poem. I am amazed you could find so many words to rhyme!

Alyssa from Ohio on April 21, 2020:

I love your ladybug series, Lora! This poem is beautiful and I think it will inspire many to pursue their dreams. The drawing of the little lady is adorable!

Lora Hollings (author) on April 18, 2020:

Flourish, thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. Yes, this ladybug is certainly versatile! Thanks for the compliment.

Lora Hollings (author) on April 18, 2020:

Ruby, I would agree with you. She probably would have a compass with her that would lead her right to you! Thanks for dropping by and for your generous comment. Take care, my friend!

Lora Hollings (author) on April 18, 2020:

Thanks for the read and your comment, Aishatu. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Cheers!

Lora Hollings (author) on April 18, 2020:

Lorna, it was fun to imagine such a character and to create a picture of her too. I would say she definitely must have been Phi Beta Kappa at her university and maybe magna cum laude too. Thanks for the great comment and have a good weekend!

Lora Hollings (author) on April 18, 2020:

Bill, thanks for your visit and I appreciate your comment. I agree with you that ladybugs certainly don't seem to be designed for flight. Have a good one!

Lora Hollings (author) on April 18, 2020:

Pamela, I appreciate you dropping by and commenting. I'm happy that you enjoyed the poem and my drawing of this cultured ladybug. Have a wonderful weekend!

Lora Hollings (author) on April 18, 2020:

Tiyasha, thanks much for reading and commenting on my article. This ladybug has an inquiring mind that's for sure and I think she would be a great contestant on Jeopardy! Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 18, 2020:

This is one talented lady bug! You have quite an imagination, Lora!

Lora Hollings (author) on April 18, 2020:

Liz, thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comment. This was a fun poem to do as I love to wax philosophically as well. The humanities were always my favorite subjects in school, especially philosophy.

Lora Hollings (author) on April 18, 2020:

Rosina, thanks for your visit and I appreciate your generous comment. Perhaps she's a good example for all of us. We can keep our minds fit and enrich our lives by learning new things every day! Have a great weekend, my friend.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 18, 2020:

This is a brilliant poetic rhyme! I love it. I think I told you about having a Ladybug toe ring that I've lost along the way, if she were your Ladybug she'd be so smart she'd find her way back to me.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on April 18, 2020:


Lorna Lamon on April 18, 2020:

I love the fact that this little ladybug was a wordsmith, just adorable. I could well believe that in ladybug land this little beauty was a high achiever and your poem is full of wit and a delight to read.

I also have to mention your charming drawing of this prodigy, which is exactly how I imagined her to be. A wonderful and enjoyable read Lora.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 18, 2020:

I think I mentioned earlier how much I love ladybugs, so it goes without saying how much I love your ladybug poetry.

Have you ever wondered how the heck they get off the ground and fly? Their proportions are all wrong for flight. Aerodynamic they are not. lol

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 18, 2020:

The ladybug is so cute and I really like your poem.

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on April 18, 2020:

Aah! Such a unique concept. A higly educated and knowledge ladybug. I love how you have packed so much information in a delicate and light form. Enjoyed it very much.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 18, 2020:

I really enjoyed this poem. It made me laugh, but at the same time I was impressed at all the information you packed in there. The well educated lady bug is evidence of a very knowledgeable poet.

Rosina S Khan on April 18, 2020:

This Ladybug is super qualified, learned and knowledgeble. She is a great example creature to children and adults alike. I loved each and every verse of the poem. Thanks for sharing such a superb hub.

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