Horri-bingers of Spring (Flash 55)


Horri-bingers of Spring

Fleck on neck–speck you expect
is just dang skin playing tricks on you–
new mole that close shows
itssier-than-spider legs.
Crawled through spring’s
awakening, dropped
from greening limbs, it wants truly
to suck your blood
but without benefit
of HBO–
Ixodes dammini–damn
Ixodes – it’s not fed
for months; finds you,

This ditty to the deer tick (spreader of Lyme’s Disease) was written for ironic Isadore Gruye’s prompt on With Real Toads that lookd at the underside of spring, and also -early!–for the G-Man. (Fifty-five, without the title, little red-black seeds–wait, those aren’t seeds–)

Deer ticks are horrible–may they never alight on you.

I’ve edited since posting– reference to HBO is meant to refer to True Blood series – I confess to having read the books but not seen the series – so perhaps should be “without benefit of Charlaine Harris.” Sookie Stackhouse, I guess, I am not.

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28 Comments on “Horri-bingers of Spring (Flash 55)”

  1. hedgewitch Says:

    I *hate* ticks…one of the nastiest crawlies, and well portrayed here–I am now brushing myself off compulsively and holding the hand mirror up to check my back. Love ‘without benefit of HBO..’ only HMO?

  2. Marian Says:

    argh the ticks! argh.
    i feel compelled to share this ode to a tick with you. enjoy!

  3. Jamie Dedes Says:

    Ticks are scary things. Poem is great! 🙂

  4. Susan Says:

    I’m sorry, I had to laugh! Your poem starts in warning and ends so sweetly, deer/dear. And it is perfect! I laughed and shuddered and covered my neck–keep away the vampires both tiny and sexy.

    Marian–that song ROCKS!

  5. We get ticks all shapes, colours and sizes – awful things. Thankfully I haven’t had one on me for years and years. This is certainly a down-side of Spring.

  6. Yucky. AND dangerous.

  7. Herotomost Says:

    ewwwwwww!!!! I hate ticks with a passion. Truly Horribingers…lol. You win on underbelly…I give up, don’t put a tick on me!

  8. Isadora Gruye Says:

    I too am horrified of ticks, and loved every syllable here. I would have caught on to the True blood reference without the HBO, but we can’t expect everyone to enjoy a good bathtub read (what I call books which are best read during a long bath)! well done and viva la!!!!

  9. G-Man Says:

    Dangerous little Buggers!
    Even the best of Dr’s can misdiagnose the
    Many symptoms .
    Loved your creepy crawley 55
    Thanks for playing, I’d much rather count words than weeds…:P
    Have a Kick Ass Week End

  10. aprille Says:

    This is too close to home to contemplate: counted a herd of fifty making their home within the square kilometer. Can’t even laugh about it. Headbangers.

  11. David King Says:

    Well, for sure this sounds like one of the nastier creepy-crawlers. Somehow you’ve spun something admirable from it, so well done!

  12. brian miller Says:

    blech…i have lymes disease….got it a few years ago bulls eyes and all…so i have to be really careful….of course i live in deer tick central so….

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Awful. I was bitten when I was pregnant. I should write the story some time – it was a long time ago when awareness was just starting. Terrible. k.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      ps so sorry. It can take years to get over. I am very careful now – we look so funny, my husband and I with pants tucked into socks, etc. k.

      • brian miller Says:

        yikes on being bitten when pregnant…that would be scary…ha, i dont usually tuck but i check pretty thorough when i come in from the woods…and carefully remove the blood suckers…

  13. The Real Cie Says:

    Reblogged this on The Cheese Whines and commented:
    My brother once got bitten by a tick. He then developed a rash. Fortunately it was not Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
    Ticks are very hard to kill.

  14. nessa1313 Says:

    Ticks creep me out so much They’re monsters. Your poem has made me itchy. 🙂

  15. claudia Says:

    ugh…ticks are really dangerous as well..dunno the english word but they can cause hirnhautentzĂĽndung….a friend of my daughter was struggling with symptoms from a tick bite

  16. Other Mary Says:

    Oh this is right on! I live in a Lime Disease area, and I’ve had it! That is definitely one of the negatives of spring. Good one.

  17. Kay Davies Says:

    Eeuuww. I found a spider on my shirt last week, and a strange little black insect in my dog’s water dish today, after my husband caught a honeybee in a glass and released it out the door to join its mates in our flowering crabapple tree. Oh, and then I found another spider on the windowsill.
    It’s that time of year, no kidding!

  18. Ugh. I just came from the woods. You have me checking. I hope never to have one of these friends find me dear either, nor my littles. Great write and reminder. 🙂

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