Jar of Bugs by Bogdan Dragos

A man's hand holding out a cup of coffee in the foreground with a view of a city in the distant background
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he rides a rusty bike

in the cold


sliding like a


from alley to alley

He’s going up

the hill again

All he’s got on him


his clothes

and the bike

is a thermos filled with

coffee he got from

the vending machine

at the mall

coffee bought with

money earned

from a day’s work of

standing by the traffic lights

at the intersection,

waiting for them to turn


and offering to wash

someone’s windshield

Once on top of the


he leaves the bike at

the base

of the water tower

and climbs the cold

iron ladder

There’s no one to stop him

at this time

He sits down


opens the thermos and pours

the coffee into

the cup part

and sips

Ahead of him

the city sleeps

Only a lone light shines

here and there

in some window

If a light is there

he’s watching it

smiling to himself

and thinking that

each one of

those houses

must contain its own

drama, its own


Each house is like

a jar of

bugs and worms

and other critters

And here he stands


observing them all

as he sips his coffee

Feeling utterly



Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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36 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan takes the bare minimum and wraps it in a warm blanket of contentment. Solitude can be liberating when the means to living are simple. At times, the more one acquires and the more people that surround one lead to scrambled living with endless and needless drama. A cup of coffee and a little less worry can make the world appear to be a literal can of worms. Sip away and enjoy that breeze, there’s always hope for a new tomorrow.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you! (・ﻌ・)

      I always did admire any character who could just sit back and distance themselves from the burning drama of the world. Just watching. Not interacting, not intervening, not being affected in any way.

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    2. Nice comment Terveen. ……

      And a nice whole family-friendly write from our friend. Yep, congratulations Bogdan……….

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      1. Thank you, Don! •ᴗ•

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  2. Having so very little, compared to the majority, and yet, he’s, content, more blessed, than, those who have more, than he does.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Exactly! (´・ᴗ・`)♡


      1. I like the little heart you’ve put on here. ……….

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  3. Ashley says:

    Indeed, Bogdan, we are mammals after all! Keep writing and keep cycling and looking at the world with different eyes! 🙋‍♂️

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    1. (ゝ◡・)ノ Will do! Thanks 🙂

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  4. Ashley says:

    Also, thank you Terveen, for posting this! 🌹🙋‍♂️

    Liked by 2 people

  5. gwengrant says:

    Such a lovely poem suffused with tenderness and care.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. (◍•ᴗ•◍)/ Thank you, Gwen!

      I love a wholesome, heartwarming poem from time to time :))

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  6. Midian Poet says:

    YES, mr.Bogdan. THIS IS IT ! There , in this pose on the end, there is no borders, just observers , WE are wondering You what You are writing about him.
    Worms or butterflies…and the air in glass;)
    Breathing,even the earth full of worms,we must.

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    1. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*✲ Thank you!


      1. Midian Poet says:

        You are welcome, sir !

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  7. Shashi says:

    Showing us the world from your unique perspective. The rawness of the imagery it conjures in the mind. Reading your poems itself is an unique experience. Thanks Bogdan.

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    1. Oh, I thank you for reading! (。•̀ᴗ-)✧

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  8. Kirsten says:

    I love this poem. It’s from these moments of observation in solitude where we learn so much about ourselves, and the world. I could feel this character’s gratefulness as he sipped. 💕
    Great write, Bogdan!

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    1. ٩(๑❛ ᴗ ❛๑)۶ Thank you, Kirsten!

      Indeed, anyone who can spend time alone with themselves and away from people is blessed.
      Sounds like the easiest thing in the world, yet so few people can actually do it for real :))

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      1. Kirsten says:

        This is true.
        You’re most welcome! Always a pleasure. 🤗

        Liked by 1 person

    2. Yes, it was great Kirsten……..

      Liked by 2 people

  9. jonicaggiano says:

    I love this one Dragos. To me this exemplifies that material things do not bring happiness. It is the little things in life that bring comfort, a beautiful walk, a great cup of coffee on the “top of a water tower” and a place with a view. It reminds me of the movie “Fisher King,” with Robin Williams. It also is honest as in every house there is usually some kind of drama or issue brewing most of the time. It might not be big but it takes a toll. Great story, Sending you big hugs, Joni

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    1. ༼つ ◕‿◕ ༽つ Thank you!

      I find myself returning yet again to Pascal’s saying, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” :))
      There will probably never be a time when this won’t be true 🙂


      1. How true of Pascal……..

        I would say stemming from a choice not to sit quietly in a room rather than an inability to. but I know what he means………

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        1. (・◡・) Well said! Cuz apparently most aren’t even trying :))

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      2. jonicaggiano says:

        That is very interesting Dragos. I certainly don’t understand it but perhaps you have cracked this nut. Some one sure needs to figure out what is wrong. Great piece, loved it. Big hugs and thanks for my emoji! Joni

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    2. Nice comment Joni……..

      Liked by 2 people

      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Thank you Don. Have a wonderful evening. 🦋

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Such is the way of the planet. We have just started Tuesday down here. A nice Monday evening to you anyway……..

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  10. This is a beautiful poem, Bogdan!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. (っ╹◡╹)っ Thank you, Dawn!

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  11. My friend Bogdan writes wonderful poems. This is a hit out of the park. Amazing. 👏

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    1. Thank you very much, my friend! ( ◕‿◕ )

      Sure feels good to come up with a wholesome, heartwarming poem every once in a while :))


      1. I agree. A different Bogdan. But so good…….

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      2. Indeed it is. You’re most welcome. Always.

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