The Humorous Verse Prize
O, little wasp flying close and carefree
Would that you stay far away from me,
With membrane wings and a tiny pinched waist
You flitter and flutter around with haste,
Though your reputation is much maligned
Your purpose in nature is one of a kind.
If you are female, I fear your sting
As I sit and rock on my front porch swing,
I offer this truce so we both can stay
Out in the sunshine on a given day –
Enjoy summer flowers and their smells
But do not sting me or I will yell.
Now along comes a swarm following you
Many more than I can safely shoo
Circling around me on the front porch
Buzzing much too close for my comfort,
Life and joy to be had in the day
Enough for us all, so please fly away.
May you take heed to abide my request
And I will not bother your hidden nest,
The battles between us are about space
Keeping harmony and living with grace.
O, little wasp, if ‘twas just you and me
We could be friends together you see.