Aphelion Issue 277, Volume 26
October 2022
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The Last Houseflies on Earth

by Meg Smith

They will rush to the center of the gray sand,
in a circle, a starburst of rainbow light in wings,
and drinking of nothing — no more bread,
no more sweetness in the soil of days,
with nests of glistening white nativities.
On that day, all will truly melt,
dissolved, eaten, and none to hear
the rustle of a final flight.

© 2022 Meg Smith

Meg Smith is a poet, writer, journalist, dancer and events producer living in Lowell, Mass. Her poems have appeared in The Cafe Review, Pudding, Poetry Bay,The Horror Zine, Silver Blade, Raven Cage, The Blue Hour Anthology, and many more.

Her short fiction collection The Plague Confessor is available at her online store! megsmithwriter.com

Her most recent poetry books, Pretty Green Thorns, Night's Island, This Scarlet Dancing and Dear Deepest Ghost, are available on Amazon.

Find more by Meg Smith in the Author Index.