Though Difficult, it is Possible to Kill Boxelder Bugs, By Bill Holm

Love this poem.

Though Difficult, it is Possible to Kill

Boxelder Bugs.  If You are Interested,

You Might try This Method

Take two bricks.

Creep deliberately up

Behind the boxelder bug,

Being careful not to sing –

This will alert him.

In a graceful flowing gesture,

Something like a golf swing

Or reaching for your lover in the dark,

Gather up the boxelder bug

On the surface of the left brick

Bringing the right brick

At the same time firmly down

Together with the left brick.

There will be a loud crashing,

Like broken cymbals.

Maybe a breaking of brick, and

If you are not careful,

Your own voice rising.

When the brick dust has settled

And you have examined your own hands,

Carefully,

You will not see the boxelder bug.

There is a small hole in the brick

And he is exploring it,

Calmly, like a millionaire

In an antique shop.

-Bill Holm

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2 thoughts on “Though Difficult, it is Possible to Kill Boxelder Bugs, By Bill Holm

  1. LOL! I love that poem too! So funny, on so many different levels I love the line, being careful not to sing ! I hear the voice rising in a shout like some kind of karate “Hai” like you hear when they are breaking a board. And it reminds me of an assignment one time in a future studies class I was taking: Ten Creative Uses for a Red Brick. And you couldn’t build anything with it, he meant really creative uses! I made a planter and a burglar alarm and a elaborate Rube Goldberg mouse trap. But killing, or not killing, boxelder bugs would have made the top of the list for creativity!

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