Anopheles – POEM

copyright Charles Krabs

Anopheles

When that pupal skin splits..

I tread water and wait to dry,
In a godlike manner,
This pond was once my manor,
but now I must fly,
and now I’m despised,
Cos’ me and my army make the deaf privilleged,
We’ll pillage a village,
..or two,
The villains who witness, that blood is not red, but blue.

.

And chances are,
You’ve bled when we used a tube,
and left your veins abused.
I’m a noisy acupuncturist,
and you’re thinking,
I ought to have you done for this.
But what’s the harm?
It’s just a bit of blood between friends,
From your leg, face or arm.
If I’ve been spotted you might just extent,
a hand,
Resulting in a bloodied palm,
but the sullied calm is short.
My swarm will attack, from their aeronautical fort,
but of course,
You can net the windows and spray a mist of molecular police,
however,
There’ll always be a hum to wake you from your sleep,
and the swat team keeps,
Missing by a mile,
and thus,
In a beat of wings..
I spot a body of warmth,
Standing in the crop,
His young face mourns as he meddles in the plot,
and the dark sunken eyes drop,
As his skinny extended stomach,
Demands and summons a square meal,
but bare heeled,
He conceals his hunger and almost beckons my bite.

.

So I strike, plunging my proboscis,
Into the bony skull of lost wits,
I plunge my needle nose,
Skin deep and more,
Into the dermis of woes,
and the nectar flows,
Into my belly,
Which is rapidly swelling.

.

Now I’ve turned red,
and the dark skin from which I’ve fed,
Doesn’t notice a thing,
Cos’ the sting swells up after I’ve had a drink,
and it wouldn’t be fair if I took without giving..

.

That living person I just bit,
was a kid,
and now he’s sick,
he just doesn’t know it.
Injected with an infectious disease,
he’ll join the million others who are buried,
as their families shed tears of grief,
at the graveside crumpled at the knees…
.
Don’t share needles?
tell that to the workers of the fields,
who’s crop yield..
is Malaria.

And now we bring Zika: which, is scarier?

Anopheles – a genus of malaria carrying mosquitos, by the female only

37 Comments

    1. Many thanks Charlie. Fortunately malaria doesn’t affect all corners of the globe, but the cost of medication is so cheap it’s disgraceful that richer countries don’t do more to tackle it.

      1. That is true. The cost of medication I feel hasn’t been effective to most. They should study and push more of the medication being more stronger and more healthier. The rich are greedy basters and don’t care…all they care about is money. 😦

  1. Malaria, such a dreadful disease.. you did a wonderful job describing the mosquitoes and their “armies”.
    I wanted to always ask Noah this question -Noah, why those mosquitoes?? 😉

    ❤ Dajena

  2. Dayum, awesome poem Fionn! Wonderfully written. It flowed from a little mirth to sadness. I felt that. And your descriptors of mosquitos was quite well done. On a personal note: I hate the filthy creatures. I’d be quite okay with their extinction.

    1. I’d happily destroy every last one too, they are one of the worst things on the planet for their size in terms of destruction to lives and on a lower level sheer irritation. Many thanks for the feedback Malakhai, always welcome.

      1. Haha! That might be it! 😉
        Also I find mosquitoes even on their own quite creepy – I always shudder at the thought of these little merciless villains 😉 Have a great weekend! Sarah 🙂

  3. This made me itchy all over. I have such a visceral reaction to these words. I loved it though. It’s not often I have such an intense physical reaction to something I’ve read.

    1. High praise! Many many thanks busymind ☺☺ I wrote this over a decade ago before wordpress when I was angry at the injustice considering malaria treatment is incredibly cheap and now we have Zika, so i took the liberty to tack that on.

      1. You are so very welcome and deserving, Lion. I love your work. 🙂 Yes, malaria and the injustice of it all is still far reaching. I am amazed at the number of topics and style’s of writing you can use. 🙂

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