TOM - A gnat's like a flying gnu ain't it?
DICK - What you on about now, sock brain. A gnat ain't nothing like a gnu.
TOM - Is so, smarty pants, 'cos when you get one buzzing buzz buzzing around yer, yer go ‘oh gnoooo’.
DICK - Goooo away.
There Was a Gnat by A. J. Huffman
There was a Gnat
in my toilet. Just flying around
inside the bowl. I tried to shoo it out.
Ignored, I flushed nothing, hoping
it would spook. Finally, I could hold it
no longer, dropped my pants, prayed
it would not fly up my butt, then laughed
at the thought of the poor creatures surprise
when it gets hit with the first drops
of an unexpected golden shower.
A.J. Huffman has published five solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. Her sixth solo chapbook will be published in October by Writing Knights Press. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and the winner of the 2012 Promise of Light Haiku Contest. Her poetry, fiction, and haiku have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com