A Poem: Watching A Fly On A Slate Table: A Fly Tetralogy

With the full privilege of a month in a Himalayan hut, I was granted the rare liberty of observing a common fly for a period not too removed of two hours.  I’d avoided flies in Rishikesh: they’d usually flown hot, straight from a homeless and vomiting cow’s arse.  But here in the flowery mountains, I imagined this one had just danced from a pink rose or at worst had been pestering a butterfly.  You may think that flies are just black dots that you brush off, but I firmly advocate closer inspection.  A whole world is waiting in the minutiae.  My protracted period of muscidae monitoring resulted in the following poem.

Watching a Fly on a Slate Table: A Fly Tetralogy.

Watching a Fly on a Slate Table 1: Flytipping

If I tried to clean my wings with my feet,
my face and the floor would quickly meet.
So it’s proven, six legs is so much easier:
if cleaning your wings with your feet does pleaseya.

Watching a Fly on a Slate Table 2: I Guess I’m Just a Jealous Fly

With SIX legs all like dainty quavers
you can stand without the wobbles and wavers.
So it seems unfair to us two-legged standers
that a fly who flys stands better than a man does.

Watching a Fly on a Slate Table 3: I Believe I Can Fly

With particular attention I have come to devise
that our friend the fly has remarkable eyes.
So to balance the natural order of things
I’ve ordered a twin-pack of humanoid wings.

Watching a Fly on a Slate Table 4: Flybrid
“If I halved a watermelon
and mounted the two halves to my fore head,
I’d look like a fly.”
The-man-who’d-stared-too-long-at-a-fly, said.

 

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Other poems I’ve written:

Under A Tree In Rishikesh

Pillars

The Bread And Roses Poetry Competition

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