Unseasonably warm October weather has delayed the parade of autumn’s coat of many colours. While we wait for the onslaught of that glory we are laid under siege. Each morning finds the landscape strewn with an ever growing number of corpses piling up higher haphazardly stacked like cords of firewood. The annual influx of fish flies, also known as dayflies, Canadian soldiers or shadflies, has begun.
Beautiful gossamer wings crown sinuous stripped torsos. Empty of all but a burning desire (and the air that fills their digestive systems) they live for nothing but the hunt of procreation’s heated embrace. Each night a new army girds itself and joins the fray seeking a place of glory in Valhalla’s vaulted halls. Entry it seems is only to be gained on the white-hot blade of burning consummation.
There is no shame in this penultimate act of sacrifice. Drawn to the light they will commit these final desperate charges within the rays of whatever false sun that can be found. Pull back the blinds and a scene worthy of Hitchcockian horror greets the viewer. The outside world is lost to sight obscured by an immense wall of flesh, blindly scrambling, a pulsating mass of bodies intertwined and interlocked. Coating the windows, tumbling over each other in rapturous ecstasy, the minute forms coalesce to create an orgiastic curtain of writhing bodies. The span of each night marks the time of this legendary tryst and only dawn slows the wanton rhythm of passion’s desperation.
The light of day lays bare the fallen. Crisp bodies crunch underfoot. Spider webs hang heavy, laden with the bodies of those too blinded by passion and nature to avoid those murderous pitfalls. The odor of the lake at low tide, like the smell of blood, overlays the fields.
Another night and new multitudes rise and take to the skies. They will join those still waiting to pass over into the western lands. Lemming like they seek the light with a voracious appetite that is not to be denied. Though empty husks slow the flood, those that follow climb that piled legion to sate a hunger absolute.