Poets can take themselves too seriously. That’s why I enjoy reading, and sometimes writing, light verse. Humor—in life and in writing—helps us keep perspective. In a world too often caught in a morass of self-importance, a good laugh can be a life line.
Awhile back, a fly buzzed past my face while I was brushing my teeth. An ironic reversal of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died,” flashed through my mind and led to this poem.
I would encourage you to read Dickinson’s before mine. One, it is a classic poem worth knowing. Also, when I parody a piece, part of the fun is staying close to the original, so it is recognizable even as I have fun with it. In any case, I hope my revision doesn’t bug any Dickinson fans 😉
A Fly Buzzed Me before It Died A Fly buzzed me before it died - The Stillness when I Raised My hand Was like the Stillness before The Lightning’s jagged Race - My Eyes ran ‘round pursuing that fly - My Fist was gathering firm For that last Onset - when its Strike Would fall with thundering Boom - I steeled my Will then Slapped away But missed with every try Until, by chance, I hit it in Mid-flight—-I got you, Fly! With Blue - uncertain - stumbling Buzz - Down through the light - it fell - And bounced from a Window to the floor - Just one stop short from Hell.