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Ode to a Mosquito
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There's a mosquito on my wall.
With a kind of brazen defiance
She rests there,
Pregnant, all unwittingly by me.

I resent this tiny creature,
Well within my reach.
Too heavy, alas, to fly higher.


She did pierce my virgin flesh
For her pleasure, wantonly.
What right had she to touch,
To caress,
then press
her vengeful lips to me?

Other lips
More tender,
More loving
I resisted manfully?

Where is the hurt she left?
Someplace surely she's left a sting
To trouble me.
Perhaps for days.

I spare this mite.
The hurt will pass.
The wound is in my flesh.
She has not touched my heart.

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Simeon Daly
On the Island of Rhodes
September 1967
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