The Wasp

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His only thought was pleasure

To fly

To pollinate

To live a peaceful life

On the breeze

From flower to flower

Living free

Enjoying being a wasp


But now he was in trouble


It looked

So inviting

So rich in pleasure

So good

A glorious lagoon of lemonade


Floundering in it

Swirling about


But now he was in trouble


Without a thought

Hilda gulped it down

Hilda didn’t look

Hilda swallowed the wasp

With a high pitched scream

He kicked out

He panicked

He stung in all directions


Hilda was now in trouble


As she struggled for breath

He tried to exit the pink cave

Past the larynx

Past the oesophagus

Past the rapidly swelling mouth

And out onto the cheek

On to the window ledge

Safe at last


But now he was in trouble


They called the paramedics

It was too late

It was in vain

It was a tragedy

Hilda never finished her drink

A doctor had to be called

He made his notes

And the wasp paid the price.


He was no longer in trouble.


Written for Poetry Jam

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14 Responses to The Wasp

  1. brian miller says:

    oh my goodness..can you imagine swallowing a wasp….that would be insane…he lived through it…at least up til the end…smiles.


  3. peggygoetz says:

    Oh my what a story. I do hope this was all imaginary! Poor Hilda, poor wasp.

  4. 1sojournal says:

    Seeing from the other side is always an interesting experience. Poor wasp,


  5. Grace says:

    Yikes Alan ~ I think I will faint from shock ~

  6. Great description of a terrible demise. Moral of the story: Always keep your mouth shut near WASPS:)

  7. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …what fun… i really loved the progression in this all throughout the entire read of this funny-trouble adventure…. glad to know that there is none in trouble now… smiles… loved it!!!

  8. Who knew the story of a wasp could be so much fun?! Although, maybe not so much fun for poor Hilda.

  9. Laurie Kolp says:

    You get the award for most creative and unique, Alan… but I still have no sympathy for the wasp.

  10. Mary says:

    This was always one of my fears, that a wasp would get inside a soda can and I would take a large sip. Glad this is (I hope) just a story, but it stung my imagination this morning.

  11. Helen Dehner says:

    OMG … I swallowed a fly once and thought I would DIE! A wasp, for sure I would. Great writ, Alan!!

  12. Imelda says:

    Oh… what a story, what a poem. It is like watching a horror comedy… Beautiful write.

    And Helen’s comment reminded me of this –
    “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
    I don’t know why she swallowed a fly –
    perhaps she’ll die…..”

  13. I have seen this happen with a bee in a soda can….The girl was my neighbor and she was allergic to bees. The bee flew out of her mouth as she screamed and her mom had the medicine with her so all was well but ….probably not for the bee!

  14. Susan says:

    OMG! Talk about a freak event! Damn wasp! Poor Hilda! Great write, Alan!

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