Flies On The Brain #FoundPoem

Here’s another call from our local weekly newspaper’s call-in transcript, The Live Wire.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Flies on the Brain

by Anonymous Caller

I want to say this.
People say you should have
an open mind,
and that’s probably true.
But, if you have a door
open too long,
the flies get in
and they lay their eggs
and there’s maggots.
Their minds open too long
and they have
maggots on the brain,
no common sense.
you’ve got to shut the door,
protect you
from these stupid flies.
and you’ll understand
what I mean.


I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today about bean burgers. Could be worse. Could be rice.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Flies On The Brain #FoundPoem

  1. Dan Antion

    January 30, 2018 at 7:22am

    Maybe a door wasn’t the best analogy. Maybe a faucet would work. Oh, but then, if left open too long it could cause a flood. Still, maybe a flood of new ideas would work for this guy…

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  2. Kiri

    January 30, 2018 at 9:05am

    Sounds like something I’d say in a stream-of-consciousness babble. I’m supposed to laugh at this, right? Not cry, thinking that’s what I must sound like to other people?

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      Marian Allen

      January 30, 2018 at 1:36pm

      Oh, and I just “heard” my grandma saying, “Close the door — You’re lettin’ the flies out!” lol

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