I thought of comedy/ He tragedy—

The mosquitoes,
they know I’m here—
it’s like I’m the moon
set down in the backyard,
like I’m a big wet-sweaty
blood balloon,
here for the high tide, all aglow.

They’re big this year too,
and hungry, and breeding.
What a joy,
the ne plus ultra
of extreme experience,
a cotton candy tragedy
at the circus:
It’s like I’m the original pork rind brain,
and the mosquito is
my most fecund of thoughts.

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4 thoughts on “I thought of comedy/ He tragedy—

  1. Lorca’s use of the duende is something I’m devoting some thought to these days. ‘Angel and Muse come from outside us,’ he writes. ‘While the duende has to be roused from the furthest habitations of the blood.’ Reading some of your poems…well, as I said, this is something you both know about—even if you don’t know the word.
    The mosquitoes die in the frost, don’t they?

  2. I once wrote a sonnet about mosquitoes, and the response I got, somewhat strangely I thought, was that the people reading it were amazed that a poem could be written about mosquitoes. This poem, as John says, is a delight. The self deprecation is wonderful and wry and says good things about you as a person.

    It’s like I’m the original pork rind brain,
    and the mosquito is
    my most fecund of thoughts.

    Inside a swarm that’s probably true–and the fecundity leads to poetry.

    By the way, on the comment about your comment on fourwindowspress, I forgot to say that both Ethel and I made it, working together in the early morning hours. Your Lorca quote was much, much appreciated.

  3. Great fun Jim! You have a fertile imagination and a rueful sense of humour. John Donne would understand.
    I like the finale: mosquito as thought. And looking at the way you spin a variety of images here, I’d say the mosquito-thoughts certainly have proved themselves fecund.

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