And the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day yesterday was EGREGIOUS. Seeing that word, I tend to think of GREGARIOUS, which means sociable, friendly, outgoing,. However, EGREGIOUS means somewhat the opposite: obviously or noticeably bad.
As I sat at my laptop pondering what to write re: FOREBODING, a fly landed near my hand. Before I could terminate his existence he was gone. Suggesting a phrase — the first two lines of a poem, redirected from Joyce Kilmer’s “TREES”? Sure, why not? Bear with me here…
I think that I shall never see a fly that’s slow enough for me, a boldly lingering freebooter ’til I can reach the flyswatter. One lands, but when I blink my eye it’s on alert and ready to fly attuned to my egregious thought of rendering it a bloody spot.
It seems to feel a faint foreboding as tiny nibbles it’s uploading; senses my unkind intention, anticipates swift intervention to its dining as I leave my chair to grab the swatter hanging there. Yet snails along, as flies are wont, my sluggishness it seems to taunt.
I lift my swatter, all prepared to deal with any fly that’s dared check out my home for food un-grazed. However, soon as hopes are raised it will not move ’til I bring down my swatter – such a crack resounds! It spooks the cats but, woebegone! that teasing fly is off and gone.
Negotiate the narrow aisle,
find Zone 5 Seat 21;
stow baggage in overhead bins,
take your seats, fasten belts
and become sardines
squashed in a can.
As engines roar to life
you all pray those bins...
and your bladders...
stay shut for the whole trip.