SEVERAL THOUGHTS ON A FLY IN MY BEDROOM TONIGHT

1.

as i watched
this fly
land on the beer
on my dresser
he clasped his hands
together

this fly
prays more than
i do

2.

he swarms
around my head
and near my ears
as my blood boils
and i think about
murder

he just wants
attention

he just wants
to be seen
and heard
and loved

3.

how come
i never
encounter a fly
when other people
are around?

4.

this fly moves
in a severely unorthodox way
zig-zagging
and writing through the
stale air

either he governs
his own motion
or something else does

he lands
just to take off again
he goes
to the same place
twice

there is a method
to his madness
i don’t know what

what keeps him
doing the
same quaint thing
over
and again?

5.

if i swat at him
recklessly
i will never kill him
i have to watch him

i have to understand him
at least a little
if i want to absolve him
of his horrid fly life

(is it horrid?
i can’t fly.)

he grows to trust me
it feels like:

he lands on my bed
then the fabric
of my pajamas
then my knee
then my bare chest

6.

after i killed him
i lifted my pillow
where i found him dead

i picked up his lifeless corpse
and his legs moved
pain
i euthanized him
from the suffering i began
and set him outside
of my window

i’m not cut out for this

life is so big
and i’m flying desperately
in chaotic patterns
landing in the same spot
over and again

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2013

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17 thoughts on “SEVERAL THOUGHTS ON A FLY IN MY BEDROOM TONIGHT

  1. Wow, What an interesting exercise in compassion…not to mention lessons in flykilling :)

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  4. G’day Brice,
    First off, thank you for visiting my site.
    Can I just say I will never dismiss a fly again without thinking of this poem, it is insightful, full of detail and so how it is with one buzzing around

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