Squish, A Poem That's Almost a Limerick

And when he heard feet, he started to squeak
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There once was a bug

who hid under a rug.

And when he heard feet,

He started to squeak,

And never

—Ever—

Heard any more feet.

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I'm not sure if bugs really do squeak in such situations as this, but we've all felt that disgusting "squish" or "crunch-squish" of stepping on a bug unexpectedly, so I had to write about it. (Poor bug; he didn't make it.)

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Note the very dark side of this poem, too. The bug is hiding (taking no action) and remains hiding even when he hears footsteps coming (still taking no action). The outcome? Death for the bug and a mess for the human to clean up and throw away.

Had the bug been going about his own business, flying or crawling or web-spinning, he would not have been in trouble. Had he taken action when he realized that he was in danger, he would not have been in trouble. But he did... nothing. And paid the ultimate price.

Hopefully none of you, dear readers, hide and ignore oncoming danger, but rather leap to action to save yourself and your fellow humans.

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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

This made me smile! Thanks!


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

You have validated my existence on this planet! I'm always glad to hear someone got a laugh out of this. :-)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A few meaningful lines, thanks for this hub


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

You're very welcome, DDE! Indeed, there are several levels to this poem--the surface and the deep socially inspired center.


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Your last line -Poor bug, he didn't make it - that is hilarious,(sorry bug, it is funny)


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

I'm glad I've got one person laughing with me instead of AT me for a change. :-) Thanks, wetnosedogs.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Truly funny nad so good few lines


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, DDE! I had fun writing this one, but it has a dark side, too, if you read into it. A very subtle commentary on today's "do nothing" society members--until it's too late, at least.


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Very enjoyable for such a short poem. I loved it. Thanks.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

So glad you liked this poem, too! I had a lot of fun writing it in almost-limerick form. Poor bug, though: I think this is the first time I've had to kill off my main character! He WAS kinda dumb, though, hiding under the rug instead of taking the necessary actions to save himself.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Laura,

It is the true poet who can say so much with just a few words. I LOVED your LIMERICK. I also loved the commentary that you provided. Very practical-yet philosophical thoughts.

Best,

ocfireflies aka Kim


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thank you so much for your comments, Kim! I appreciate your detail--I am insecure when it comes to poetry, and you made my day. :-)


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cfin 3 years ago from The World we live in

"Squish" one of my many nicknames for my wife, in an ironic way because she is tiny. Limerick, a town in Ireland that was burnt so many times in an ironic fashion, thus the reason the poem is called a limerick :)


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word55 3 years ago from Chicago

Hi Laura, You write some very nice hubs. Check out some of mine when you can.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Will-do, word55! Thanks for the compliment! I'll visit your home page next.


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stuff4kids 2 years ago

Poor bug!

Still, an interesting moral lesson you manage to draw from its unfortunate fate!


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, stuff4kids! Glad you liked it, and thanks for commenting! Cheers!


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Foodeee 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

Who would have thought we can learns lessons from bugs. LOL thanks!!!


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Haha I live in Minnesota, maybe our bugs are just smarter (and obviously dumber) than elsewhere...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Lovely limerick Laura...lol. Gave me a smile...poor bug though. Voted up.


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, Jodah! That means a lot from a fellow poet (wannabe in my case).

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