Hornet’s Nest

In dusky ink, it seems to
hum with electricity, surrounded by
a swirl of constant motion.
That unseen malfunctioning bulb,
beyond reach and screened
by leaves, throughout the summer,
sound alone illuminates it.

Yet when an autumn storm
disconnects it from a threaded
tree socket, having been
muted by night’s lengthening grip,
almost weightless in hand,
that bare bulb turns out to be
an elegant paper lantern.

Now serving as a torch
tossed to ignite a pile of leaves,
unexpectedly aroused
into November’s frigid air from
its snug hibernation cell,
an angry queen wasp emerges,
electrifying the gloom.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: