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    The Giggle

    In the misty, murky mire of a mangled, marshy mud
    rose a Moon betwixt the shadows ‘neath a starry night above.
    No bird beat wings. No mouse did squeak. Not even an owl’s hoot
    could pierce the stillness clinging to the trees and plants and roots.

    I stomped upon the cigarette. The embers fumed and fizzled.
    As I turned to go back inside, I swore I heard a giggle;
    not large but small, not big but tiny, not huge but very wee
    behind the house, down by the marsh’s solitary tree.

    I stepped on leaves. I sloshed thru grass. I parted a bush with fear
    and beheld a sight, not often seen, uncommonly vivid and rare.
    A tiny stadium filled with bugs, some odd, some known by name
    were giggling, cheering in tiny voices at an Insect Baseball game!


    Miniature floodlights lit the diamond. A roach hit a highball fly.
    A beetle with cap and glove caught it. The audience roared and sighed.
    I couldn’t believe it! My mind was blown! Legs and feet went limp
    as mosquito vendors shouted “Get your hotdogs, burgers and shrimp!”

    Mesmerized, my face went slack. The muscles cramped my jaw.
    Only a spectacle like this comes once to remember forevermore.
    I moved and something snapped or cracked, a limb, a twig, a branch.
    All bugs then turned their eyes on me. Their glare….an avalanche!

    They scattered in an instant, even turned off all the lights
    and plunged the field in darkness making shadows of the night.
    The beating wings, the mouse’s squeak, the owl’s nightly hoot
    now pierced the calm to chase the bugs in hungry, hot pursuit.
    And the tiny voices faded ‘neath a starry night above
    in the misty, murky mire of a mangled marshy mud.


    Namyh

  • #2
    Goood job! Vivacious beat, lots of energy, 'funny' images (loved the part about the mosquito vendors and around there! It's witty and catchy, and ends with a repeat and reversal of the first two lines, rounding it off well. Kudos--

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    • #3
      Tales from the forest...and imagination of Namyh . I love it!

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      • #4
        AmenOra - Now I'm kinda glad I didn't write that horror story I first had in mind. So very happy to inject a "giggle" in your day which is a known cure for what "bugs" ya. Hallelujah! Namyh
        P.S. - By the way, the mosquito vendors said hello and thanks for stopping by to enjoy. Batter up!

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        • #5
          RhymeLovingWriter - One evening I got a flat tire and stopped to change it. After finishing, I heard what sounded like a tiny giggle coming from a forested area behind me to which I gave little thought and disregarded. Some time later, I awoke hearing that giggle in a dream at 2:37 in the morning. I grabbed my lucky yellow #2 pencil with the bite marks and the rest is bug giggle history. Poets! Go figure! Makes this poet home-run proud you loved it. Thanks RLW. Namyh
          Last edited by Namyh; 09-10-2018, 09:16 PM.

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          • #6
            Loved it! I love story poems! And this one is quite imaginative! A story well told . . . Well Done Namyh!

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            • #7
              Rhymeboy - You make me proud to know that it isn’t blood that flows in our poet’s veins. It’s the ink of imagination. It enchants our words which command our craft. And when we become uninspired, demotivated and slow down with frustration, it will always be uplifts like your words which provide a much needed transfusion. My arteries thank you. My red blood cells thank you and the ink within them thanks you too. Namyh

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              • #8
                The Mud ville nine at play. Home run.

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                • #9
                  Divot - Every now and then, I let my maniacal muse out from the suspended steel cage chained to the ceiling of a locked room inside a castle surrounded by a moat where are kept fiendish alligators and other close family members. LOL. Usually, I don't let down the drawbridge. But since you've informed me that the "Mudville nine" are playing and it's all for fun and giggles, I’m gonna let it down just one more time for you and my muse………….but the air-to-air missiles are gonna stay. LOL. Thanks Divot for stopping in just in time for the home run. Namyh
                  Last edited by Namyh; 09-12-2018, 06:28 AM.

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