This next piece is from my 2007 chapbook titled "Manic Muse and Other Observations."
on the windshield one morning
a newly hatched mayfly scurries
around the clear glass surface.
resisting the urge to sweep it away
with wiperblades I begin driving.
mayfly clings with suctioned legs
to glass as the car's speed increases
down the street.
I think that any moment the mayfly
will release and be gone, but no,
it clings tightly even with one leg.
in my mind I shout "let go you foolish
insect, let go! don't cling...you have wings
so fly for heaven's sake!"
finally hurricane-like wind wisks
the clinging mayfly away in an instant,
clear glass clear again.
and in my mind a voice shouts at me
"fly foolish man, fly!" and stepping
harder on the accelerator
I search frantically for wings.
Poem © 2007 by R. Burnett Baker