we killed them, destroyed
the wasp nest, so formidable, dangerous.
So old I thought. The exterminator announced
the process complete. If the wasps had not
buzzed around my tiny 90-year-old mother,
they could have dwelled in peace.
Once they went into attack mode, they left me
no choice. Entwined by morning glories
twirling up the railings, tendrils tossing
from the roof, a lone wasp whips
so close to my cheek I feel its two pairs of wings,
a survivor searching for home.
The Summer Gazebo Readings are held each Monday evening at 7pm in June, July & August. Each evening 4-5 authors and poets share their work from our Gazebo on Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside, NY. SGR is produced by the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside. Funds raised through sponsorships help send underprivileged kids to Kamp Kiwanis each summer. This summer marks our 7th season!