Richard Dates

Rookie (jan.29.1945 / Oak Park, IL)

Messenger Of Spring

The first mosquito
Of Spring
Showed up today,
Harbinger of muggy mornings,
Sweating, sweltering summer days,
She’s a beauty,
Swelling her belly with my blood
But a swift swat sends this
Minute messenger of misery
Back to the future
Where she belongs.

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