Ray Lucero

Housefly - Poem by Ray Lucero

I reached for a towel to dry my hands
Out of the corner of one eye,
I saw a housefly walking on the floor,
In the far corner of the bathroom

On wobbly legs she moved very slowly
How long had she been in the bathroom?
How much of a 30-day lifespan had she used up?
Did the life of one puny fly really matter?
She, an innocent victim of circumstances,
Soon destined to die unfulfilled

A looming giant stood over her
I held the power of life n’ death
On bended knees I lowered my hand
The tiny fly hopped onto my palm,
Content to rest on something warm n’ alive

I moved her closer to my face
Her multi-prism eyes met mine
In that moment we both understood;

“All life clings to life, for life’s sake”


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 29, 2010

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