Bri Edwards

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No-See-‘em .. [camping; Humor; Short; Annoyance (No, Not Me!) ] - Poem by Bri Edwards

There’s a northern creature to avoid,
who will bite you and keep you well-annoyed.
You may never see one in zoo or museum,
and that’s because it’s a “NO-see-‘em”.

No-see-‘em, as in ‘them you cannot see’.
It’s more bothersome than ….. many a bee.
They are tiny, teeny, very small I mean.
You may have FELT one, but one never SEEN.

So if you go camping in the north wood,
use repellent and still wear ….. a tight hood.
They’ll get in your hair, your ears, and your mouth,
and you’ll soon decide to …… head back South! !

(March 23, 2015)

Topic(s) of this poem: insects


Poet's Notes about The Poem

YEARs and years ago, i went camping (in a cabin, if that counts) in northern New England; that's in the northeastern corner of this 'great' country i live in. [all the other countries kicked me out]
i wouldn't have been there at all if it had been up to me, BUT i was married (the first time around) . that is where i had some firsthand experience with 'no-see-'ems. you should have seen them swarming around my wife and her girlfriend as they were coming back from a walk (the humans, not the no-see-'ems) , with arms swishing past their heads, trying to keep the insects (a fly, i believe; yes, but apparently i changed the spelling) AWAY.

'No-See-Ums are also referred to as Biting Midges, Biting Gnats, Punkies or Sand Flies. With grayish or yellowish bodies, the adults resemble mosquitoes, although they are smaller than mosquitoes. In fact, they are so small they can get through screens on windows and doors.' YIKES! BRI :) :)

Comments about No-See-‘em .. [camping; Humor; Short; Annoyance (No, Not Me!) ] by Bri Edwards

  • Aries Profanisaurus (4/2/2015 11:41:00 AM)


    Never have seen the point of such insects and see even less now that I have read this. At least I am not the only one they annoy. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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  • (3/27/2015 2:56:00 AM)


    Nice poem Bri. Midges are a damn nuisance! Been plagued with them myself, often. I love watching the swallows darting and diving in the summer to catch them. Can't think of any other good purpose they serve. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Katona (3/25/2015 8:28:00 PM)


    I love this poem. Anyone who has been bitten by these diminutive creatures will be glad you've spoken their fears and roar with laughter at lines such as:
    You may never see one in zoo or museum,
    and that’s because it’s a “NO-see-‘em”.
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  • Darlene Walsh (3/25/2015 7:49:00 PM)


    A well written poem on an unpleasant topic.

    I understand how annoying insects can be. “NO-see-‘em” can be terrible. But even worse, much worse, are chiggers, aka red bugs, virtually invisible and VERY painful. Fire ants are also very bad but if your careful they are easy to avoid. Chiggers ARE the worst. Although mom says the New Jersey state bird (mosquito) can be bad too.

    Darla : ( yes a frown, it's the thought of chiggers
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  • Valsa George (3/23/2015 11:05:00 PM)


    Such tiny flies are so messy! They are in plenty in the summer season here in our part of the country! I don't know what they are called! Once they bite there is long itching and irritation! They are so tiny that two or three can be accommodated in the space of a pin point! An interesting poem, but leaves an 'itch'! (joking!) See how even such insignificance gains significance in the eyes of a poet! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 23, 2015



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