New Poem: Gnats!

Today is Poetry Friday in the Kidlitosphere … thank you to Katya at Write. Sketch. Repeat. for hosting this week. Today, I’ve got a gnew little poem to share …

by Ed DeCaria

I’ve gnever gknown a gnat by gname …

… and they’re so gnice, it’s such a shame!


© 2012 Ed DeCaria, All Rights Reserved.



Be sure to click the image to view it in full screen — it’s amazing to discover what really happens inside a gnat cloud. If you’d like to add your own gnats to the cloud, e-mail or tweet me with your gnat names and what you want them to say and I’ll add them. Parents, teachers, librarians, others — please extend this offer to your kids, too! Just remember, gnats are microscopic in size and have infamously short attention spans, so keep it brief. And above all … be gnice!

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  • Katya

    That’s very gnice, Ed. I’ll gnot complain about the gnats gnext time I’m gardening.

  • Linda Baie

    I know a few young people who will love this, Ed. Glad to see why they’re always in a crowd, so friendly, hence why they like to hang about our heads. They’re saying ‘hi’!

  • jama

    Why, I gnever gknew!

    Do not like gnats, but like your poem :)!

  • Jeanne Poland

    Dear Ed;
    Crawled into the swarm only to discover that all the names start with”gn”. Had to press command+ 8 times to enlarge the PNG enough! Last year I was eaten by a swarm of gnats and had to go to the ER where they diagnosed “swine flu”(since my forehead swelled up so much I couldn’t see!
    We were praising your Madness at the Poetry For All Workshop at the Highlights Foundation. Heidi said I should ask if you want me to publish the poems somehow in e-book format.
    Jeanne Poland

  • Doraine Bennett

    Gnifty, gneat. Why am I gnot surprised?

  • Jim Hill

    I think gnats are gnasty even if they have a secret gnomenclature. Gnattily done!

  • Ed DeCaria

    Thanks for the comments, everyone.

    I personally HATE gnat clouds. They are such an odd natural occurrence. But then one day I thought “Well I bet the gnats in those clouds don’t much care for human heads that suddenly appear in the middle of their social hours either.” And that got me thinking gnat social interaction and that maybe just maybe gnats are actually the nicest creatures on earth. We’ll never know otherwise, so why not give them the benefit of the doubt …

    (Easy to say as someone who has not contrated swine flu from a gnat cloud. Yeesh!)

  • Amy LV

    Oh my gosh. I love this.

  • Ruth

    …Scanning the comments to see if someone already used the word gnarly…

    Seriously, this is a lot of fun!

    • Ed DeCaria

      Oh, gnarly is PERFECT! Ruth, seriously, send me a note/tweet/comment with a pair of gnat names and have them say something to each other and I will add them to the picture. I left room in the cloud on purpose!

      Maybe some Californian surfer gnats …

  • Dom D

    Some gno-gname just broke up a gno-gno by Justin Verlander. Gnuts.

    • Ed DeCaria

      Well played, Dom!

      It’s okay, though, I’m sure he’ll pitch agnother someday …

  • Mary Lee

    Love listening in to the gnatty conversations!

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  • juliekrantz

    hee hee hee–wonder what you could do with other silent letter combos!

  • Stemmies

    I love how, in the gnat cloud, there is a reference to “Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd.

    • Ed DeCaria

      Gnats are a very cultured species.