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The Blue Bugs
by J.A. Aarntzen
Thursday, February 10, 2011
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This is a poem where I allowed myself to spontaneously write whatever came in my head. I kept the subsequent editing to a minimum in order to keep the spirit of the piece as live as possible.

The Blue Bugs

“What news! What news!”
The crier calls
And the blue bugs listen
And the toadies bristle
And the salamander bakes a pie
Larks are larks
And mallards tell canards
While Rosie’s shoes squeeze tight
And grouchy Fiegel sleeps in
And the lutes start playing
A pig escapes the yard
The dogs race after it
A fairy giggles in a rain barrel
The swine squeals and makes its stand
Mud has gotten into the butter
And rain clouds chase the sun
While bitter words are exchanged
Between bartering strangers over a chicken
Dirty water is thrown from a window
It lands upon the pair of minstrels
Who continue with their melancholic lament
Their fingers stretching to the same chords
While their voices find equilibrium octaves apart
A wagon carrying oak barrels comes to a halt
The squeaks from its wheels become silent
Drawing attention to their sudden absence
From the tavern come burly men in greasy coats
They throw the kegs upon their shoulders
And plod back inside burdened by the weight
While a skinny tomcat slides under the wagon
And slinkly disappears in its undercarriage
“What news! What news!”
The crier repeats his vocal klaxon
And continues down the wet street
With the blue bugs in tow
And the toadies stumbling after
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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
i like this-creative and fun!
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis
What marvelous ambiance you've created - I imagine an old English village of sorts with a bit of magic, a tad of mayhem, a snapshot moment. Love the word "klaxon," its sound and appearance are pleasing in a clanky, befitting way. My favorite line is "Mud has gotten into the butter. . ."

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