Blowfly, a Miniscule Poem

Updated on July 17, 2018
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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.

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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.

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Blowfly

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.


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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.

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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.

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        11 days ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        11 days ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

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

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        John Hansen 

        3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Nithya Venkat 

        4 weeks ago from Dubai

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

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Genna East 

        4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

        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. :-)

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Patricia Scott 

        4 weeks ago from sunny Florida

        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

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        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)

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        mckbirdbks 

        4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

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

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        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!

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        4 weeks ago from Central Florida

        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

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        Frank Atanacio 

        4 weeks ago from Shelton

        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...:)

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        Dana Tate 

        4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

        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.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        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

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        Bill Holland 

        4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

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

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading and commenting, Hari.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Hari Prasad S 

        4 weeks ago from Bangalore

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

        - hari

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        4 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        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.

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        Mary Norton 

        4 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Shaloo Walia 

        4 weeks ago from India

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        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 :)

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        Chris Mills 

        4 weeks ago from Missoula, Montana through August 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.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Rinita Sen 

        4 weeks ago

        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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