Gnats Are Backkkk!

aggravation constellations

whine drone hum buzz
circling clouds tiny demons

touch tickle itch annoy
seething flocking fly specks

fester foil toil
climb claw crawl creep 

swear slap spit black
spots guilty droning

loss regret neglect
gnats circle follow spiral 

cluster wait return
penetrate dive down

ears eyes pores of thought
Outside waiting whirring nagging

driving me within


by Fragmented Farmer Fred

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. ah, flying fiends
    living in rural France where cows outnumber people and you can pay for the dubious delight of having the contents of your ‘fosse septique spread over your neighbour’s fields, flies are a problem. I long for a fool-proof device for dispatching the little blighters but all I have is a swatter and nasty sticky tape that seems only to catch my hair…
    I sympathise
    At least my mouches don’t bite!

  2. Oh yes! I hate those tiny little monsters.

    I guess I must have an exceptional allergic reaction to them, but they love to bite only my eye lids, and the result is that my eye lids swell up to a huge size. Depending on the number of bites, my eyes have swollen so bad, I could barely see, and it takes a few days for them to go down.

    Using ice is not the answer. And the bites are so tiny, I really don’t even know when I’m being bitten, except that I see these tiny little monster swarms flying around.

    Since I figured out what it was that was making my eyes swell, I do everything I can to avoid them. Including running for cover any time I see those mean little swarms, any where near me. Kinda reminds me of an elephant running from an ant.