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Loneliness, lovebugs

Sitting in a cloud of fornicating insects,
It is a trial to be alone.
Granted, when each male
Is as a black grain of rice, one
End daubbed red, and the female

Is much the same, but on a grander
Scale, and each one of ten thousand
Wants to fuck, affairs of the heart
Are somewhat simpler. These brief,
Devoted lives drift past
In impossible rut, in every variation
That two joined abdomens, four wings
And twelve legs will allow,

For variety sporting on my chair,
Or my shoulder, or in my potato salad,
Mingling their shared lust with ranch dressing,
Before joining the uncounted lovers in the air.
Landing in the pork and beans must spoil the mood,
As would the crushing weight of a potato, some salad,
Most of a sausage, and my dinner plate.

I do not bear them particular ill will,
These endless, teeming exhibitionists,
But their heedless display is a harsh reminder
Of the inconvenience of human love,
Of the difficulty of mating at a lawn party,
Of rolling in careless caress through the peach cobbler,
And drifting, unhinged from gravity,
Across the buzzing lake.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 9th, 2003 02:11 pm (UTC)
That's great!
Never before have I seen such a tribute to entomological ardor. Kudos.

Sep. 9th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC)
Re: That's great!
Hee :) A person after my own lexicon. Thank you!
Sep. 9th, 2003 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: That's great!
You're welcome. I've added you to my "Friends" list so that I can benefit from future exercises in prosody. (I read aprivatefox's Friends' postings on a whim today, but I don't usually follow the postings of my friends' friends--it's a bit much, you see).

Sep. 9th, 2003 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: That's great!
Yes, they do tend to get fractal if you wander through enough friends-of-friends. Like urban legends in that respect :)
Sep. 9th, 2003 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: That's great!
sotto voche

Goodness, someone who uses the word "prosody" in a sentence! I wonder if they're coming to Austin? :)
Sep. 10th, 2003 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: That's great!
Don't I wish. I can't stand the cold winters here! But then again, I don't know how many times I could bear to hear people describing their fallow land in terms of how many Rhode Islands they could fit on top of it. Being from RI, I find that sort of measurement rather disturbing (as though someone could pick up the state and use it as some sort of measuring device, with its inhabitants none the wiser).

Still, the lack of snow might make up for any discomfort I may feel at the thought of being included among the units of measurement printed on the inside of someone's Trapper Keeper.

Sep. 10th, 2003 05:48 pm (UTC)
We here in the great state of Texas would never think of using Rhode Island as a unit of measurement. Why compare ourselves to any of the lesser 49 states? (laughs, puts on belt with large, tacky buckle)

I thought the principle measuring states were in the Four Corners area, where they have nice, regular edges.

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