Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Wasps



This poem by Brenda Marshall made me laugh last night. It's published in 'Nubs', The Dappled House 2004.

The Sting

Two queue.
She said,
"We'll wear our best:
The stripy vest
That's gold and dark
With pointed pin.
We must get in
This ark."


Oh, Noah,
Victim of a con,
If you'd been smart
Wasps could be gone.

Would the world be better without wasps? For people like me who have severe reactions to their sting, a wasp-free world sounds good. But would it be? According to entomologists, even wasps have a useful place in the ecosystem of which we are all a part. The many species of wasps control many other insect species including those that may devastate forests and food crops. Like their bee relatives some wasps are pollinators.

OK - they have their place, but I still don't like them and would prefer them to stay away from my place.


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