“Ennui; or, Realizing the Dead Fly Plagued Me Not”

I collected the magazine lying

dormant and dusty on my coffee table.

It felt good and strong in my hand as I rolled it up,

its crinkling sound oddly pleasing to my ear.


I cocked back and swung with calculated

vigor at the petulant fly on the wall.

The deed was done. Precision is paramount.

Only after was I cognizant – the periodical was a promotional giveaway from Peta.


I become aware of a looming sound…tis the planet

creaking on its axis as it continues to rotate.


Tony Blau Veldt, 07/22/2017 completed