Vespa

is there
some

strange beauty
in the flight of a wasp

that horned hornet
whose offspring often threaten
to burst like xenomorphs
from bellyparts of caterpillar carriers?

is there some strange grace in the flight of a wasp

that poisonous papersmith
who (unlike little martyr Bee)
will strike again another day?

My skin’s somatic ill-reaction
to the scratching scrape
of mandibles on wood
is proof enough to me
that there is

no

strange beauty

in the flight
of a wasp

.

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