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Blowfly, a Miniscule Poem

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.


Inspiration is a Funny Thing

It sometimes makes me smile what inspires us as writers. At times, like this, I have a burning urge to write something but have no idea what. Sometimes listening to a song will do the trick, or just a change of scenery and walking outside will spark something. This time I was just perusing book titles on my shelves and came across "Blow Fly' by Patricia Cornwell. Well, the title just seemed to stick in my head despite all the other books I looked at, and so I decided to write this piece of nonsense poetry and call it 'Blowfly.'

Incidentally, 'Blowfly' the book by Patricia Cornwell is well worth a read. It's a Fay Scarpetta novel, of which I have quite a collection, and I can recommend it.


Buzzing all around the room,

Against the window pane,

Blowfly, you are quite a loon.

You really are insane.

I chase you with a can of spray

But you suddenly grow silent.

I hope that you have gone away

To avoid me getting violent.

Blowfly, you won't be denied,

As soon as I sit down,

Resuming your erratic flight

From the ceiling to the ground.

You're just a humble insect

Doing what you must,

For you, though I have scant respect,

I'll shoo you or I'll bust.


So, fly away and leave this room,

And don't come back you pest.

If you return it will be too soon,

To be rid of you's the test.

Blowfly, you can't beat me,

But there're many more like you,

And when you're gone I know I'll see

Another fly ... or two ....

... or three ...

Author's Note

I called this piece of writing 'nonsense poetry,' but in actual fact, it could be a social commentary representing annoying people in our lives, or things we don't like but have trouble ridding ourselves of. Things like bills that keep piling up and for every one you pay you just keep getting more.

I'll leave it up to the reader to put their own interpretation to it.

Thanks for reading.


© 2018 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 05, 2018:

haha, I thought that may have been what he meant lol.

Li-Jen Hew on September 04, 2018:

Haha I think Hari means ignored topic or you find meaning in the small little things which is good, Jodah.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 04, 2018:

Haha...ignorant topic, Hari? Some importance can be found in every topic don't you think?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 04, 2018:

Good to see youLi-Jen. We all need to laugh now and then, glad this gave you a chuckle.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on September 04, 2018:

Fun poem and at once makes me wonder how so many such ignorant topics can be thought of.

- hari

Li-Jen Hew on September 04, 2018:

Hey Jodah, thanks for sharing! Amusing poem...to avoid violence, another fly or two haha. :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 08, 2018:

Thank you, Lawrence. Yes, whimsical..good word.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on August 08, 2018:

Whimsical would be theway I'd describe it. And enjoyable.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 23, 2018:

Hi MsDora, thank you for the kind comment and for always appreciating my work. It's much appreciated.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 23, 2018:

Sometimes nonsense, sometimes a social commentary, always an excellent work of art. Admirable and enjoyable!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 22, 2018:

Thank you, Nithya. I really enjoy using rhyming verse in my poetry. Glad it works. Glad you enjoyed this.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 22, 2018:

I love the way your poems rhyme so well. Oh yes it definitely can apply to annoying people! Enjoyed reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 22, 2018:

Haha Genna. Yes, it would be nice to have a can of spray to get rid of a lot of different pests. Thanks for reading once again. This was fun to write.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 22, 2018:

This poem is such a charmer, John. Those pesky little pests that flit and nag at us, unrelenting. Reminds me of a day when we have 101 details we have to take care of when we'd much prefer to be doing something else. Oh for a can of spray that would make them fly away. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 22, 2018:

Thank you as always, ps. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 22, 2018:

Absolutely could be someone or something that no matter how hard we try we just cannot shake or be rid of. Entertaining and amusing as well as thought-provoking. Well done Angels once again are headed your way ps

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 18, 2018:

Eric, reading that put a happy smile on my face. One of my burning desires is to try and encourage the younger generation to embrace and enjoy poetry. To hear that Gabe is actually getting there is great news. Glad it gave you dad/son time and you got to discuss Australia too...educational even better.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 18, 2018:

This was great with my son. We bumped it up a notch and he did it until he was not just reading but getting the cadence down. A light just switched on in his head, and a smile appeared. So thank you very much.

(It also got us talking about Australia and the species of flies)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 18, 2018:

You are welcome, Mike. Really, if a fly is my biggest worry I shouldn't be complaining. But they do get annoying :) Thanks for reading.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on July 18, 2018:

Hello John - Thanks for the smile this morning. Your poem is right on. It is funny how a fly can get to the top of a priority list in a big hurry.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Flourish. Yes, I know people like that too :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Hi Linda, glad you found this funny. I try to respect most insects too. Even spiders and centipedes and things like that I generally release outside if possible, but flies and mosquitoes may sometimes feel my wrath..lol.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 17, 2018:

I liked the alternate interpretations. I definitely know some people who just keep turning up like this pesky insect.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Haha, Shauna. That's fine, you can treat this as just a silly fun poem. All good. I was just trying to up the word count anyway.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Thanks Frank. Maybe someone should invent a 'people spray." It could prove very popular. :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Thanks, Dana. Yes, you are right the poor insects are just doing what they do..but we don't like to be annoyed.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Sean, glad this one gave you a laugh. Thanks for the tip, I could have labelled it under "allegory." Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Hey, Bill. Yeah, we do whatever works, right? I think my muse often has a whacky sense of humour.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 17, 2018:

This is funny, John. I like your alternate interpretation of the poem, too. I try to respect all insects, but sometimes it's very difficult!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 17, 2018:

I prefer to see this as a silly poem about an annoying fly or mosquito. Sometimes it's nice to just see things as they are and not try to read between the lines.

This poem is fun. That's my interpretation and I'm sticking to it! (Like flies on you-know-what) LOL

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 17, 2018:

LOL.. this was clever.. and yeah I have a few people who buzz around me like a fly.. wish I can just spray them and rid myself of those pests..LOL.. love the nonsensical gathering of words.. awesome Jodah...:)

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on July 17, 2018:

John this was a cute morning read. I also get so annoyed with insects. The funny thing is they're just doing what they do and being who they are. Much like people. Blessings.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on July 17, 2018:

Ha! Ha! I loved it, John! And yes, indeed is "allegory poetry." I agree with your note. When I read it, reminded me of all those lunatic ideas that hijacking my head!

Thank you for the laugh!

Sean "hijacked" Dragon

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 17, 2018:

Loved it! Love the random approach and the silliness...well done, John!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 17, 2018:

Very cool and bookmarked to share with my son. For me today I found it inspirational. Sure I get all into my spiritual inspirational stuff. But today I am inspired to be very happy thanks to you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Thank you for reading and commenting, Hari.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Thank you, Rajan. Glad you could relate to the poem and that you enjoyed the read. Yes, inspiration is often a surprise.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Glad you liked the Patricia Cornwell book, Mary. Oh, the poor squirrel :)

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on July 17, 2018:

Very clever and innovative way to express irrirating buggers to bug off. :-)

- hari

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 17, 2018:

Inspiration surely can come from anywhere, anytime. I loved your poem John and these very thoughts have echoed within my mind when pestered by a housefly.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 17, 2018:

I've read this book Blowfly when Patricia Cornwell was a read I enjoyed. Yesterday, I had a glass full of water waiting to blast the squirrel who was climbing up my door screen. I just wanted to blast it more to pacify myself. You have a much more creative approach - write a poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Hi, Shaloo, thank you for that comment. Glad you could relate to the not so hidden message lol.

Shaloo Walia from India on July 17, 2018:

I loced the 'nonsense' poem with a hidden message. There are people who don't add any value to our lives but only add to the stress...and we can't get rid of them too for one reason or the other.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Hey, Chris. Glad you enjoyed this poem. Oh, that's a coincidence because I watched a video of Mr Rogers the other day too. What an inspirational guy. He got his message across clearly and simply. Yes, that's how I usually write too :)

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on July 17, 2018:

John, I love this little poem. I've had countless experiences of being inspired by simple things. I just watched a video of Mr. Rogers' final public appearance. I was impressed by the simplicity of his speech. Simple, straightforward writing is hard to beat.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2018:

Thank you for reading this Rinita, and for the generous comment. I would absolutely love to read that short story if you can find an English translation.

Rinita Sen on July 17, 2018:

I always look forward to your poetry, and each one always comes across as a gem of its own kind. This poem reminds me of a short story written in my native language, by an author named Sukumar Ray. It was about a similar battle between a man and a fly. It was also supposedly nonsensical, but with hidden morals, just as your poem is. If I can find an English translation I will send it over to you. Thank you, John for this amusing piece.

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