"Houseflies"

"Houseflies"

"Houseflies"

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A weekly poem, read by the author.
March 25 2008 7:27 AM

"Houseflies"

Listen to Kevin Barents read this poem.


I knew you all when you were young.
I tried to drown you in the garbage bin

with bleach and hose-water, but you floated up
and swam, jerking little grubs,

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like bloated rice, or someone punching
from inside a tiny body bag.

And now you circle overhead—
small, neat, glossy with newness,

helping yourselves to what was mine,
angels from the man-made world.

Kevin Barents' poetry recently appeared in Meridian.