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No-see-ums Speak
Carolyn Chilton Casas


We rode in on the seaweed
when tsunami waves
covered the sand, made
a home beneath the wet
grains waiting to ambush
you and your friends.
We like sweaty bodies,
warm, dark, snug placesó
under waistbands, bra straps,
even the little crevices
of belly buttons,
and forbidden bikini lines.

You wonít see the results
of our visit until itís too late.
In return for a taste of your blood,
which we need to reproduce,
we offer prolonged discomfort.
Only when hot shower water
hits your body, will you realize
we were there on the beach
you just came from,
secretly invading
while you rested
innocently on your towel.

© by Carolyn Chilton Casas.
Used with the authorís permission.

Carolyn Chilton Casas lives on the central coast of California. A Reiki Master and teacher, she often explores ways of healing in her writing. Carolyn's stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of one poetry collection, Our Shared Breath. A new collection, Under the Same Sky, is forthcoming. Carolyn enjoys hiking and beach volleyball; learn more about her on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ .


Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Great! I like that it's written from the perspective of the no-see-ums.
Posted 06/30/2023 12:27 PM
Oh! Chiggers!!
Posted 06/30/2023 10:50 AM
I found and felt evidence of these no-see-ums recently--someone told me they didn't bite. I wish I had read this poem before my afternoon outside in the woods.
Posted 06/30/2023 10:08 AM
I have heard about them but never seen them.
Posted 06/30/2023 09:56 AM
Yikes! Clever and interesting.
Posted 06/30/2023 08:24 AM

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