"Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn." ~Thomas Gray

"Poetry unites." ~Anon

"Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it." ~Emily Dickinson


Written by Jonathan Chin
He lives in New York City, New York, USA
His blog: Jonathan Chin

I Never Noticed Flies

I never noticed flies
have a pair of ancillary wings
that rest flush against their thorax
until 1 landed on my page
and I could see the details
of this little messenger of God
in the contrast between virgin white
and mottled black and its wings
shone translucent like
a gasoline drop rainbow.

I wonder what my shoulder blades
used to be and why there’s
a valley of skin whenever I stretch.

Originally published on writer's personal blog.
Posted with consent of the writer.

5 Comments:

  1. Every Photo Tells A Story said...
    Please be kind when leaving comments. Let it pertain to the poem in question. Thank you for visiting:)
    WHY said...
    What a touching ode to an insect that most people find only repulsive and annoying. It beautifully describes the interconnectedness of all beings!
    Anonymous said...
    love this line (I could see the details of this little messenger of God)

    beautiful words to describe a beautiful philosophy.

    carol
    CLAY said...
    Ah...the fly as an emissary rather than a hindrance. Brilliant. I admire the segment "I wonder what my shoulder blades
    used to be and why there’s
    a valley of skin whenever I stretch"--Oh the memories of Lazarus! This fly's body seems very familiar...Hats off to you sir.

    Ever Yours,
    Clayrn Darrow
    M.IV
    K.Lawson Gilbert said...
    Beautifully written -

    The last stanza wowed me! Thanks!

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