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Emily De Ferrari: On Killing Flies with Dr. Seuss

I killed them in the window.
I killed them on the door.
And when I killed a hundred flies
I kept on killing more.

Why is my heart so cruel,
that I can’t love the flies?
I feel no soulful sorrow
as each one falls and dies?

Their fragile bodies smashed
upon the window glass;
do I feel satisfaction?
Yes! You bet your ass!

But, Albert Schweitzer, I’ve been told,
never let the hate take hold.
He let the little buggers be
even whilst in surgery.

And I’ll admit, a little bit,
that as I swat and whack,
I find them quite inspiring
for they keep coming back.


Copyright 2018 Emily De Ferrari



3 comments on “Emily De Ferrari: On Killing Flies with Dr. Seuss

  1. Emily
    November 13, 2018

    I showed my ant and she was sooooo sad 😢

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Arlene Weiner
    August 18, 2018

    You’ll recognize the style. https://library.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dsads/

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Arlene Weiner
    August 18, 2018

    Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) drew a series of advertisements for a bug-killing spray, possibly before his book-writing career. The tagline was, “Quick, Henry! The Flit!”

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