June 16, 2003

Life's Little Annoyances

A poem inspired by gardening pests and other irritants that hound us.

Gnats by Fragmented Farmer Fred

aggravations constellations
whine drone hum buzz

circling clouds tiny demons
touch tickle itch annoy

seething flocking fly specks
pester fester foil toil

climb claw crawl creep
swat swear slap spit

black spots guilty droning
doubt loss regret neglect

gnats circle follow spiral
hover cluster wait return

penetrate dive down
ears eyes pores of thought

Outside waiting whirring nagging
driving me within

Posted by fred1st at June 16, 2003 05:45 AM | TrackBack

What's the matter, Fred? Don't you use DEET?


Actually, I don't think any amount of Deep Woods Off! will counter a full-blown gnat cloud. Maybe one of those netted pith helmets, like the beekeepers wear, would do the trick.

Posted by: Curt at June 16, 2003 01:01 PM

Now I feel all itchy scratchy!

Posted by: Jan at June 16, 2003 05:43 PM

You have Gnats, Bogie has Black Flies, and we here in Kansas have Chiggers. There is a religious sect where artisans intentionally incorporate a small error into their work to prevent offending their deity. Only their deity can produce perfection. Perhaps these little buggers are small imperfections introduced by OUR deity to keep from offending his or her deity.

Posted by: Cop Car at June 18, 2003 01:18 AM

Ah, yes, I had (mercifully) forgotten about chiggers!

Posted by: bogie at June 20, 2003 06:16 AM

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