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Poetry Friday: “Yellow Jacket”

Yellow Jacket

Yellow jacketResilient defender,
protector,
aggressor
expertly guards
the paper gate
of his empress’ castle
with speed and toxin
while my right arm
burns.

- © 2014, Matt Forrest Esenwine

Why, yes, since you asked…this is based on a true story.  >sigh<  On a happier note, the wonderfully talented Irene Latham is our “substitute” host for Poetry Friday today, so please visit her blog, Live Your Poem, for all of today’s links, info, and of course, POETRY!

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25 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Yellow Jacket”

  1. Julie Larios on said:

    Ouch! But you got a good poem from it, so maybe “No pain, no gain” applies? We have yellow jackets scaring the hummingbirds away from the feeder we offer them in our yard – those yellow jackets are greedy little things!

  2. Like your poem, though I hate yellow jackets. Had many an unhappy encounter with them in childhood.

  3. There’s a lot to like in this poem, Matt– “the paper gate/
    of his empress’ castle” mmmm… gorgeous description. The bad news is that it brings back memories of when me and my brother were chasing our dog through some bushes and ended up with about 20 stings each. Yowza.

  4. Irene Latham on said:

    I really love “the paper gate” — no fun to get stung. :( There is a book out called THE BEES by Laline Paull, in the voice of a bee… and there’s an encounter with wasps. Fascinating!

    • Interesting! I’ve often wondered what God was thinking when He came up with wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets.

      • Don’t know about the creator part, but they are important pollinators (not that that knowledge helps your arm hurt any less…) I love the image of guarding the paper gate–very nice.

      • Thanks, Buffy. Thing is, God already designed some awesome pollinators – honeybees and bumblebees – neither of which sting you unless they feel threatened. I get the feeling yellow jackets sting simply for the sheer joy of it.

  5. Oooh … Sorry about the sting – but at least you got a poem out of it :)

  6. I love the surprise, although not so nice, at the end. Didn’t even occur to me until I read those words-great ending. Maybe I was surprised because I’ve never been stung. Sh-h, don’t tell the yellow jackets! Congrats on your good news today!

  7. Joyce Ray on said:

    Leave it to you, Matt, to turn a stinging experience into a poem! What a coincidence that a yellow jacket stung my little finger today! I think the buggers have a nest in the dirt in my flower pot. I am not feeling kindly toward them at the moment and don’t want to honor them with a poem, so it’s a good thing you did!

    • Sorry to hear about your experience! I’m usually careful around them, but this one was in our empty watering can and apparently took issue with my attempt at filling it.

  8. “The paper gate
    of his empress’ castle” — gorgeous, Matt, despite the sting.

  9. Yikes – there is much to admire in the hard working bee, but no getting around that awful sting.

  10. That’s a gorgeous photograph to match your verse. Hope the sting didn’t hurt too much! :)

  11. macrush53 on said:

    Ouchie! Hope you are feeling better. Liked the phrase “the empress castle.”

  12. Great poem! I too wrote a piece (prose) about wasps that was pub’d some years ago, after being stung. They deliver a big hurt for their size.

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