General Poetry posted December 26, 2023

This work has reached the exceptional level
A Sorry Tale

In Memoriam to a Fly

by Debbie D'Arcy

 If only I'd not lost my cool:
ignored my buzzing ear;
observed with calm the golden rule
that life is always dear.
For two long days, you toyed with me
and messed with mind and muse.
Instead of choosing to be free,
you'd rather rile, abuse.
Then once you took a step too far
and landed on my screen
with one quick swipe, I'd maim and scar,
an act I knew was mean.
For you were then a fallen foe,
no longer in the fray
and, with my mouse, a final blow
would send you on your way.
But saddened by your broken frame,
I couldn't help but stare
and, filled with unexpected shame,
revenge had morphed to care.
Deserving more, you had the right
to grace your given path
and, with regret, I foiled your flight,
mistaking peace for wrath.



Image: courtesy of Google free pics; facts: courtesy of

Like many people, I don't like flies! The trouble is, they like us.

And we all have violence somewhere within us. This can sometimes be necessary for survival, such as with wild animals or other dangerous situations. But, let's face it, a solitary fly was hardly a threat to my existence; while anger-fuelled violence is never justified (I could have so easily chosen the more humane route of freedom - for the fly not me! - through the window). To extend the metaphor, violence on our planet is too readily wrought through human emotion such as hate, greed and revenge - in particular, of course, war.

Despite all the horrendous press, house flies and their kin are beneficial to the ecosystem in the following ways:

1) They are efficient cleaning agents by recycling food wasted by us, making the world a much cleaner place.
2) They aid decomposition of organic material such as carcasses and other rotting matter. This then adds to composting and enriching the soil from which fresh life grows.
3) Many species would become extinct without flies: frogs, lizards, spiders, bats, dragonflies, fish and birds have flies in their regular diet. While the housefly may not be accessible to all of them, it is certainly the case that the extinction of this species would cause a major disruption in the food chain.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

Save to Bookcase Promote This Share or Bookmark
Print It View Reviews

You need to login or register to write reviews. It's quick! We only ask four questions to new members.

© Copyright 2024. Debbie D'Arcy All rights reserved.
Debbie D'Arcy has granted, its affiliates and its syndicates non-exclusive rights to display this work.