Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Half a hundred congressman,
Shouting from their seats;
Indians attacking, while
The warning tom-tom beats;

A roaring air armada,
A cataract on the rocks;
The cuss-words of a bachelor;
With holes in all his socks;

The blare of horns in traffic,
The stuck hogs' anguish squeal;
The clanging rivet-hammer as
It beats against the steel;

The howling dog at daybreak
When all the world's asleep;
The blatting, bleating, bawling of
A band of frightened sheep;

The clacking of the castanets
By a charming seniorita--
But for maddening annoyance take
The hum of a mosquito!

by A.H.L

From the book Nomania published in Nome, Alaska in August 1938


Anonymous said...

Seeing this poem "Buzz" reminds me of a YouTube video from a few years back. It’s a one-of-a-kind video of Arctic researchers at Toolik Field Station, North Slope, Alaska.

Check out the mosquitoes at Lat. 68’38‘N, Long.149’36’W They look like hummingbirds!

If this link doesn’t translate through the blog, go to YouTube and search “Arctic Thriller.”

Patti from way down South...

FishTaxi said...

I've actually been to Toolik in August. That was as far north as we went on the haul road.

Thanks for the video Patti:)