Each fall my classroom is invaded with hundreds (maybe thousands?) of common house flies. Our school's out in the country and there are cows and horses around. Lotsa flies, too. I have swatted countless flies. During my career, I've become an accurate and efficient user of the fly swatter, but each year it's harder and harder for me to do it..
I know the flies I swat just want to have a good day. They're going about their business, not meaning me any harm. I'll admit that they give me plenty of unwanted attention from time to time. Especially right before they die off, around Thanksgiving. That's when they can get really pesky and land over and over again somewhere on my head.
When I kill them, I feel like a murderer. Am I alone in feeling this way? Please, someone tell me I'm not too weird, not alone in this feeling.
Here's a Haiku:
please do not swat me
let me clean myself in peace
we'll all fly away