Two Poems

by L.B. Sedlacek


Flying Order

Insects of the order Diptera
are true flies
possessing a single pair of wings
on the mesothorax
plus a pair of halteres
(derived from the hind wings)
also on the mesothorax.

Possession of a single pair of wings
distinguishes a true fly
from other insects
with “fly” in their name.
Well adapted for aerial movement
short and streamlined bodies
a mobile head with eyes
short antennae
to reduce drag while flying.

One floating in an iced coffee
One buzzing in the office
One flying in a restaurant
One interrupting a president

Diptera is a large order
estimated at over 240,000 species.

Still, why all this fuss about flies?
They only consume liquid food.

Frame Change

most wanted fugitive
hard to
come by
gumballs from machines
toothbrush kits,
sewing kits,
items forgotten by the
negligent traveler,
loitering in lobbies
to be purchased
by coin.

Travel games
and puzzles,
Those vending machines
stood in motels.
Pickles and eggs
in jars
floating in green
or pink seas
that would make
starfish uncomfortable.
There’s no more
moving pictures
through viewfinders
in museums.
No hard candy
sold for a dime.
No cola
in bottles
for a quarter.
an unwanted
in disguise.

L.B. Sedlacek has had poetry published in Mastodon Dentist, Pure Francis, Big Pulp, sidereality, The Broad River Review, Sea Stories, Illumen, Tales of the Talisman, The Foliate Oak, and others.  L.B. is the author of 11 chapbooks, the most recent being Spy Techniques. He has also served as Poetry Editor for ESC! Magazine.

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