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Poems

December 2012

Fruit flies

by Nicholas Friedman

In crooked paths, they waft
through August, pinging from
fruit to fruit, gang aft

agley, then rest on plum
or Brandywine to lay
their careful schemes: in sum,

thousands of eggs per day.
They curse each coffee cup
to drink the cream, and pay

with life for that one taste.
But I, being a man,
have countless tries to waste

in winging rot to rot,
pursuing finer things.
The hands of others swat

me, rising up and up—
a driven little fly
bound for a coffee cup.

 Nicholas Friedman works as a lecturer at Cornell University.


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 December 2012, on page 49

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