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First Line: Of all the pesky, ugly and boringest of bugly
Last Line: "no trespassing allowed! Keep off the grass!"
Subject(s): Fleas


Of all the pesky, ugly and boringest of bugly
Blood-sucking insect incubi I know,
By far the worst is chigre, a pregnant flea no bigger
Than just an atom of a second's toe.

Nor "Don't you come!" nor dodgement checks uninvited lodgement

Of chigre's spawn beneath my tender skin,
Where she, bold bug, deposits her eggs by sixties, closets
Her imps, without a qualm of conscience in.

Zoologists say: "Spray them; tobacco juice will slay them,"
But, pshaw! all ointments ever known, it seems,
Are vain to stop the twitching and seven-year-like itching
And sleepless nights of pain that are no dreams.

When, from the crowd's commotion, my seared feet take a notion

To stray from furnace-hot cement -- Alas!
There is the chigre's warning, each verdant blade adorning:
"No trespassing allowed! Keep off the grass!"





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