Wesley Civilz: I Didn’t Mean to Kill You
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THE BUG

 

Here comes the bug

 

He hovers out of the darkness

onto my computer’s screen

 

When I move my hand near him he startles

and plunges a return to the dark

 

(Or was he a she?)

 

*

 

I use my computer

 

I forget there was ever a bug

 

Here comes the bug again

 

He hovers out of

the darkness onto

my computer’s screen

 

*

 

When I move my hand near him, it hits him

 

(or her)

 

and it is now just a smear of wet dirt

in the middle of my screen, weird

 

Weird how I didn’t

mean to kill you


Wesley Civilz lives in Vermont. His writing has appeared in journals such as The Antioch Review, The Threepenny Review, PANK, and Green Mountains Review. His website is wescivilz.com.