Fluctuating Flight



           


Legs and wings flailing
the crane fly hovers spasticly
in my air space.
Its erratic flight pattern
causes me turbulence.


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Where poetry and nature collide...this tanka was inspired by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes' fun Monthly Challenge at Today's Little Ditty and Tucson's recent invasion of the crane fly.

Check out all the Poetry Friday Fun at Reading to the Core.


17 comments:

jama said...

So that's what those guys are called. Nice job here -- like the unexpected ending. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Jama! I never knew they were called crane flies either (we used to call them mosquito eaters). We've gotten an up close and personal view of them as of late here in Tucson. Ew. =)

Tabatha said...

"Flail" is such a great word! "Mosquito eater" sounds like a good bug to have around, even though you might not want them to be up close and personal!

Linda B said...

I don't know about these at all, Bridget, but you make them sound wonderful, and important. Lovely tanka.

Liz Steinglass said...

You have so many great words in here and I love that you're the one with turbulence.

Mary Lee said...

Spring MUST be here if the crane flies have emerged!

Catherine Johnson said...

Ha ha brilliant!

Joe Uhlik said...

Awesome poem about a decidedly un-awesome bug. I hope they stop causing you (and the rest of Tucson) turbulence soon!

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Tabatha! I wish they actually ate mosquitoes, but alas that is just a misnomer. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! They are a very interesting insect, though I wish I didn't have quite so much interaction with them lately. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Liz! Yes, turbulence is the only way to describe the freaking out I do when they buzz my face and/or hair when I'm walking the dog. Yuck! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Yes, Mary Lee, spring has arrived with a flurry of wings and legs! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Catherine! Happy Spring to you!

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Joe! These bugs are quite the buggers! =)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Such a terrific tanka, Bridget! I agree with Liz that your word choices are particularly fantastic– flailing, spasticly, erratic, and turbulence. I may need one of those little white bags. ;)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Michelle! Yes, the white bag comes in handy with these pests. =)

Keri said...

Ha! One caused turbulence in our church building just last night! A little boy I know was quite undone. Superb tanka, Bridget, my central coast buddy!

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