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Catching MinnowsWe spent the summer,
Beneath old oaks,
From the canal,
Near Rookery Oaks.
The Widows: A Fairy TaleFather Widow survived childhood by eating his brothers and sisters. When it came time for him to find a wife he thought, "I'm not eating my way out of this."
There were no other black widows where he was born so Father Widow took off into the grass in search of a wife. On his way he encountered a group of mantis brothers gathered in prayer around one of their own, who happened to have no head.
"Where is that fellow's head?" Father Widow asked.
"His wife ate it," said one of the mantis brothers.
"Ate it!" said Father Widow. "What for?"
"For her own good. So that she'll be strong enough to care for the little ones. As a widow you should know that."
Father Widow twiddled his palps. "I know that I am a black widow, and that I am to be a father," he said. "That is all."
The oldest mantis brother's mandible curled into a grin. "You know all you need to know then. You live long enough to die a father," he said.
Father Widow didn't know what the mantis meant by that and looked at the headless
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