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Louie Skipper: The Work Ethic of the Common Fly

In the work ethic of the common fly

the earth remembers who we are, and where.


Who fears the voice that is never

at rest and always on the run? Who fears


the creatures crowded with wild eyes?

The one I seek has just escaped


where the house of my childhood stood,

and through the small iron gate


that never shook completely free

of my father’s hand. We


cannot choose unless we are first chosen.

Bear with me for now, for telling you


what has befallen me

where the crickets are sewn together in the wind.


Copyright 2018 Louie Skipper. This poem appeared as the Prologue to The Work Ethic of the Common Fly (Settlement House, 2018). Included in Vox Populi by permission of the author.


Louie Skipper is an Episcopal priest and college chaplain in Montgomery, Alabama. He has published three books of poetry.

3 comments on “Louie Skipper: The Work Ethic of the Common Fly

  1. butimbeautiful
    April 3, 2019

    It’s lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sandra McPherson
    January 17, 2019

    Marvelous evocations of our 6-legged souls: the fly “always on the run,” the crickets sewing their “nether” voices together.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Niirmala
    January 17, 2019

    Nice 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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