Stinger

Stinger

A Poem by Paul Shannon

Underneath the earth
Waiting there
Trigger point
Hidden lair
Land mine
Where their men may stride
Hymenoptera
On the route
Relocate
Schooled to boot
In line
Wash away their pride
In the jungle heat
Shed the ruse
Animate
Light the fuse
Then fly
Fly and terrorize
Add it to the list
Work deduced
Mitigate
Spread the use
In time
Win and claim the prize

© 2020 Paul Shannon


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Read three times, and each time the word 'land * mine' has thrown itselfoforward , Checked the word, Hymenoptera.. and still consider those two * words are the core. Don't know how a land mine is made but sure its contents would do a darned side worse that an exploded lair of those other devils.

There again, dangerous little critters can have two legs too.. do as much harm.. and more, if one thinks about, ' Relocate - Schooled to boot = In line '

Posted 3 Years Ago


This is a bit spooky biscuits for me, as right before logging in I started watching season four of the expanse, which has razor sharp swarms of flying insects in it.
And they do say the truth is stranger than fiction, so perhaps we'll see them soon protecting Amazon delivery drones from banditos 😀
Love that it feels sci-fi, but is factual.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Weaponised wasps and hornets?? You would have to fill me in on that one. I have always been fascinated by the Vietnam War, so your idea comes as interesting news to me. I like the brisk flow of this poem.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Paul Shannon

3 Years Ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg9GZPRjL4o
There is a bit about it around 9 minutes 56 secon.. read more
Inessa

3 Years Ago

Wow. Just viewed the section. Never heard of that before. Thanks for the link.
While your poem feels almost too abstract for me to grasp, I get the idea there's a literal meaning, such as some stinging insects reproducing in a dirt nest so they can fly & terrorize . . . but I'm also getting another symbolic meaning, such as those people with stingers that stay underground (i.e. they never meet you on common ground about things you might be able to agree upon) & then the minute they see something about you that they disagree with, they attack. I can relate to that! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Years Ago


Paul Shannon

3 Years Ago

Thank you for your kind words. After a failed attempt at trying to experiment with diction, the poem.. read more
barleygirl

3 Years Ago

I never heard of weaponizing wasps & hornets, but there are some badass muthas around here that terr.. read more

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