Unexpected Kisses

The flight of

a mosquito

swallowed whole,


from the vigilant wait

in a lily bowl,


plucks a kiss

from its appetite,


from the buzzing in his

line of sight.


Bulging eyes

scour the pond,


with sticky tongue

and hungry yawn


It snatches another

with wayward kiss,


from love to close

for tongue to miss,


He readys again

his sticky dart,


a craftsman

so delighted in his art,


busy with the flying feast

no care what lies behind


there lurks the slithering kiss

of a lover from the slime,


the water snake,

out on patrol


plucks stickey tongue

from the lily bowl.

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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

Very well done! Voted up.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hi Jenna Pope. It is a pleasure meeting you. Thanks for reading my daily silliness. I am in a playful mood that simply, will not let me be!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Giggle. Playful is good. It's really playful. Poor froggy. . . . ending link of that food chain! haha Patience only suffices so far.

Delightful piece, Alan.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

You owe a debt of gratitude to the snake! Frogs eat butterflies.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Everything to its own assignment! I am most grateful.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Giggles :)

Nice poem... nice imagery


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks rahul, sometimes writing should just be fun and a little less work!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Amen to that! Sir... Amen to that!


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I like the rhyme, the rhythm and the amusing story with the twist ending…very clever charmer, Arb. :-)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Geena! It takes a charmer to know! (:


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

Very nice, I much enjoyed. To be eaten alive while you're enjoying lunch, as is the way of the world. Voted up and funny just because it struck me as humorous.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello dmop, Thanks for the read and the interesting comment. I suspect, we are being eaten alive by many things. Perhaps, most of all, by our willingness to sit on all the wrong plates! Be well. Look forward to acquainting myself with your work.


lisa 4 years ago

Too funny - very clever


lisa 4 years ago

How cute and clever


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

You must have a sense of humor! Good for you.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks for another visit lisa!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Up, funny, awesome. short, sweet, and cute with a twist.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

arb, I love your funny side--you had me chuckling! Cleverly done my friend!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Good morning Audrey! Thank you reading. That I have contributed cause for a chuckle in your day adds luster to my effort. Thanks Audrey for commenting and congradulations for last month. Difficult enough to write daily, let alone, with such skill!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Perspycasious! Thank you for visiting and for your comment. Glad you found some amusement in my effort!


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Hi arb!

It surely has been what seems like forever! How are you? Yes, I am happy in life. I do believe you may receive an email today. Take good care!

P.S. Found the poem hilarious and also I have lost appetite for dinner. :P


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Qudsia, I look forward to hearing from a friend, to long removed from my days.

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