The Bee
Pudding Magazine #58

The bee stings and flies
away to his grave,
leaving behind a stiletto
with a tiny flag hanging
off the end. You don't see it,
but it's there, ripped
from his abdomen when
the stinger won't shake loose.
(Read about it in the Encyclopedia
of Bees). I doubt if he knows
the consequences of his aggression,
but what soldier in the service
of whatever cause can ever
be sure the sting he inflicts
won't bring down his flag
and spread his innards, too,
across the ground.

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