Aurora Phoenix’s response poem to Shoo, fly is hardcore. Please read her at Insights from “Inside.”
(A response poem to the collaborative piece ‘Shoo, Fly‘ by the amazing Kindra M. Austin and Samantha Lucero, on Sudden Denouement. Be sure to read this stunning piece.)
I recall the apparition.
they squirmed a nauseating mess,
a poltergeist steak on the garage floor.
I puzzle on the number
of maggots that have crawled upon me.
I knew they were flies – in bars and in dorms rooms.
I swatted at the buzz of their egos
in Greek chorus. I was that girl
with the grades and the holey swatter.
I was that girl, brilliant and slightly awkward,
attracting flies as brilliantine
greases fashionista disasters.
I was that girl with fierce four-eyed intent
and dismal coordination, that girl
who looked in the mirror
with inverted beer goggles.
when flies buzzed habitual lies
of beauty and breaktakability
I was entangled in gossamer webs
spun of red perfumed roses,
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