a meaningful existence is only fleetingly glimpsed between the chaos of our everyday lives . . .

I sit down to write
and a fly joins me
higher pitched than a bee
it does what its name suggests
but in random unsettling bursts
that interrupts the flow of my
early morning creativity


I feel the urge to kill it
even though it's doing no harm
as no fresh meat sits on my desk
waiting for it to wipe its dirty feet
and puke and chew and contaminate
as all good flies must surely do
at the first sign of anything nice


and is my poetry worth more
than the life of a simple fly?
would my swatting hand deny
the validity of my poet's mind
when espousing my just causes
and berating those who do harm to others
in the name of peace and harmony?


thankfully it drifts away
and my thoughts return in full swing
despite the washing machine
choosing this moment to begin its spin
and build to a crescendo that resembles
the creation of the universe
many millions of years ago . . . 


. . . silence . . .
a black hole moment in this day
when the meaning of it all should 
come together perhaps in these last few
remaining lines but the fly returns
and I place a bet with some certainty
that within a day or two it will be dead


lying on the window sill
legs akimbo as if caught in the act
of a complicated dance that went wrong
and caused the little fella's heart to collapse
and there end it's life in a futile last ditched attempt
to right itself and continue being
something sentient and reasoning

if that was ever possible . . . ?



words ©Colin Hill 2018


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Hannah Collins

Thu 12th Jul 2018 21:09

Full of wonder and imagery.
A little creature such as a fly can spark so much creativity.
Made me check on my spider that's been in the corner for ages !
Love this one.


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Colin Hill

Tue 3rd Jul 2018 08:53

thanks guys for your comments and likes all of which are very much appreciated. I'm dashing about like a headless chicken today but will catch up with all you lovely people later. Have a great day. C😃L

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J R Harris

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 17:05

I'm reminded of the opening scene from 'Once Upon a Time in the West' 😎

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 16:38

Yes, we should all have moments of inspiration like this, Colin! Well done. I thoroughly enjoyed every holistic stanza. 😃

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Hazel ettridge

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 12:39

I'm rooting for the fly of course. Against all 'good sense' and all the compelling arguments for swatting.
My neighbours recently listed all the good reasons why I should stop feeding Salty - they make very good sense. But I'm broken hearted to see him sitting stoically on the shed roof for hours on end in the searing heat because he has faith in me and has no notion of my treachery.
Your title says it all Colin.

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Colin Hill

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 11:01

cheers Martin - but it wasn't what I set out to write! That will have to wait for another time - inspiration willing. C😃L

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Martin Elder

Mon 2nd Jul 2018 10:55

Well it certainly stirred your creativity anyway Col by writing this magnificent piece
Nice one mate

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