by Kevin T. McEneaney
Midsummer midges fly frantic in sun.
swarming in dancing-mating ritual
with frenzy akin to a packed night club
featuring a super-decibel band.
While most midges are just an annoyance,
there are some that are vampires
like the no-see-ums of America.
Solitary midges are poetic
brooders living mostly along small streams
where they sometimes recite under bridges
to smallish chamber-style audiences
in tones too low for human ears to hear.
They are quite content to dine on algae
and we know little about their brief lives.