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  • David Estringel

Black flies

David Estringel

Black flies

skim the surface of the screen door—

deathly spirits in timeless dance—

among rusty catches

and long-forgotten captures

of smears and smiles,

looking for a tear

to let the world rush in

(in whispers and screams)

like credos

of newborns’ philosophies.

No, they don’t bother me much

those errant twings and twangs

that pull my eyes away

from the magnetic hum

of hard plastic fruit,

ripening on Frigidaire doors,

and the bloody meat

of strawberry slices,

souring in a bowl of milk,

under the frosted glow

of my 60-watt suns

Is it the creak

of floorboards under wooden legs

(or bones)

that heralds their come to call,

circling like a wreath,

at my kitchen door?

Or is this but a stop

on the way to the widow’s down the road,

where anonymous casseroles

and bunt cakes

still linger ‘round the doorstep?

A faint buzz haunts my ears

and the windowsill above the sink,

cutting sunbeams

with timely slices of unseen wings.

There’s a crawling upon me

at the back of my neck.

Something has found its way in.

Is this a curious stroll

or a first taste of flesh?

Shoo, fly,

don’t bother me!


David Estringel is a Xicanx writer/poet with works published in literary publications, such as The Opiate, Azahares, Cephalorpress, Lahar, Poetry Ni, DREICH, Somos En Escrito, Ethel, The Milk House, Beir Bua Journal, and The Blue Nib. His first collection of poetry and short fiction Indelible Fingerprints was published April 2019, followed Blood Honey and Cold Comfort House in 2022. David has written five poetry chapbooks, Punctures (2019), PeripherieS (2020), Eating Pears on the Rooftop (2022), as well as Golden Calves and Blue (coming 2023). His new book of micro poetry little punctures will be released in December 2022. Connect with David on Twitter @The_Booky_Man and his website


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