Hornets nest - Spring on approach

The structure of the nest
The structure of the nest | Source

Please do not disturb!




It took years of development

Emotional distress and earnest strides

To build it
Etched into existence using springs

Leaps of faith with sharpened wings

An army of golden aerial soldiers

The slightest disturbance

Sends them Scurrying off
into the shadowy wilderness

Animal stingers made of galvanized steel

Sharp harpoons designed with jagged edge


European hornet with the remnants of a honey bee
European hornet with the remnants of a honey bee | Source

The Queen of hearts
heavily protected
Guarded by their most viscous warriors

Moon patterns up high prayed upon

As it waxes & wines in its glory filled luster

Shiny little critters

Flying every which way
seeking earthly sap
from the most succulent stems

Violently attacked without fair warning
Blossoming flower petals lilies and dandelions
Nothing but the best fragrances

extracted from a poisonous rose bud
the once protected thrown
of a honey comb

Now lonely and vunerable
Due to such a predatory deadly sting!

Of the Green Hornet fighter Squadron



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Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I could almost feel the sting of a bee. Great poem Mike!


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Yay! Just Ask Susan has arrived to the honey comb, LOL. Cool stuff right, I enjoyed writing this one and plan many more stylist poems in the works.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Definitely Cool stuff, except I don't like bees and I could almost hear them buzzing as I read this! The little predatory buggers.

Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@tillsontitan, LOL, I tried my best to bring out their truest essence, yes they are quite annoying, but we do need them to make our yummy honey's. Thanks for the cool vote and for sharing.


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

They'll be here soon. I definitely don't like them, in fact I am allergic to them and have to carry an epipen with me in case I get stung. Oh the joy. Great job.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I haven't seen any nests yet but I'm sure I will. You captured it perfectly, Mike! Here's to a great spring for all of us.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks for visiting and sharing @bdegiulio, yeah that must suck to be allergic to bees, be safe out there I almost got attacked once by a swarm of yellow jacks, and I got lucky, but my cousin didn't have the same luck as me.

We were in sleep away camp at the time, and young teens. He had to go the the infirmary and it really was bad his bees stings, maybe he was stung by 15-20 of them, and luckily they weren't hornets.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks Bill, yes indeed we are going to have loads of fun and I'll stay far away from them bee hives. We usually have a few nests on the roof of our home here in Queens, I always run, but heard it isn't wise to do so.

My uncle uses a special bee killer high concentrated spray gun to rid them pesky dudes from our house, and since our home is so old, they have plenty of places to nest though.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

We dance the dance but we are rewarded. Our nests this year shall be our school room.

Amen


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Intriguing and beautifully written.

However, hornets are large stinging wasps, not bees. They don't make honey; they prey upon honeybees, in fact. They're mean beasties. Bees sting to protect their territory, but on the whole, they are beneficial creatures.

Was this, perhaps, a deliberate stretch of poetic license? Or. . . ?


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Ericdierker, yes indeed Eric dance is what I love to do during the spring and summer times oh yes. Thanks for that cool comment and for sharing bro.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Nellieanna, LOL you just taught me something new, I have no clue about bees and hornets :) Thanks!

I adjusted the poem, thanks for pointing out such a fact, it would have been interesting though if I left it that way, and to see how many folks noticed such a mistake in identity or shall I say poetic descriptiveness.

I did look up on wikipedia to at least come up with a relevant summary for this Hornets nest poem. I never really studied up on bee's and the difference between them and hornets. I think I will begin doing so, and shall come up with a few hubs on the subject someday soon.

Thanks again for helping me out here, all I know about hornets is that they are deadly because they pack a pretty intense toxin level in their sting. Those most vunerable are definitely folks whom are allergic to getting stung by them, that's what I got from wikipedia trying to find the difference between them and yellow jacks :)


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

brrrrr....goosebumps on goosebumps!

I have a HUGE respect for those little critters - and have been known to run screaming hysterically..(i'm over that, you can invite me over with hardly any fear of being embarrassed...lol)

I've been 'stung' in this lifetime - more than once..

adorable (if flighty) ditty, Mikey..(lol)

voting up and (soldiering) onward..

ps..Nellieanna's prolly one of the smartest folks i've had the honor of encountering...


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Hey Leslie, yup Nellieanna is sharp isn't she, LOL like them Hornet stingers hah!

I love hubpages for the ways we all communicate today, and for this ability to learn almost anything in a matter of moments as we choose to share our creativity, knowledge, and a vast assortment of so much more.

Cool stuff, oh and thanks for you awesome comment, I love your word play up there too :)


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aykianink 3 years ago

"An army of golden aerial soldiers"

I see imagery you probably didn't intend here. Having said that...such an awesome line. Good stuff:-)

Um, ditto imagery comment on:

"Of the Green Hornet fighter Squadron"

Hehe:-)


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@aykianink, I dug deep into imagery to pull that golden part out LOL, Nah it was just a fun write to pull off and I'm so happy that many folks have indeed enjoyed reading this poem I had the pleasure to summon up.

Thanks for visiting, commenting in such an awesomely insightful manner and for sharing with me, how thoughtful indeed. I'll try to repay such a favor soon


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Mike, thank you! I honestly hesitated to point out that difference. In fact, were it not for my huge respect for you, I prolly wouldn't have. (I love prolly, Leslie!) I figured you'd rather know than not, Mike. I certainly would prefer to know if it were reversed, as it well might be at any time!

A bit about bees. We had a hive on the side of the shed at the ranch. George and all the guys swatted at them and were chased by them. I just walked by calmly and they continued minding their business (making honey). haha. Hornets would attack anyway.

It's a bit like the difference between personalities of rattlesnakes and copperheads. Rattlesnakes are the more polite poisonous snakes. First, they warn with their rattle. Seems quite fair of them. And they don't just strike for the heck of it; only if they're threatened or surprised. Copperheads will run after and chase just to be ornery. teehee - I hope I'm not too much like them! ;-)

I've come upon a rattlesnake coiled up after running down a hill; - trust me, I didn't put it to the test. You never saw a lady run uphill so fast! But it didn't chase me!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

You got your hornets and bees mixed. Hornets are meat eaters attack without cause. Bees are sweet eaters and only defend what is theirs. I was viciously attacked on my birthday two years ago. Being allergic to bees I left my dogs to find their way home and bolted for my epi-pen. We discovered the predators had been wasps because they were stuck in the dogs fur. Telling a bee keeper this story he calmly explained the difference between hornets and bees. A bee sting can be lethal while ,hornets are just plain grumpy little buzzers. They bite and sting, but they don't kill.

All that to say This was wonderful.

Voted up useful and awesome. Cheers!


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Hi Nellieanna your story is one that is so realistic and I can picture you trying to run away from that hornet. Bee's however are definitely going to protect their hive as well as hornets, you can't blame them neither.

If I was a bee or a hornet I would do the same hehe, especially when them gigantic humans come swarming around, or a single one appears to get too close to my luxurious pad of a nest LOL. I don't doubt the underlining reasons for any of their attack patterns against us pesky humans.

I been reading up on wikipedia and learning some cool intriguing facts there, I learned that Hornets actually consume much more then honey bee's actually. They also consume grasshoppers and locust, and these are the adult hornets since they are fully grown and of such a commanding body type and size to enact on such an aerial assault.

Then there's sugar rich fruits, nectar and anything sweet like sap or honey that they can find to suck on as well, and this info is quite interesting to learn indeed. Thanks to you I may some day become both a bee, hornet and wasp expert.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@tirelesstraveler, You might wanna read the poem again, it depicts towards end there a cool twist of a hidden meaning actually. Maybe read it slowly to get the stunning stinger of a conclusion :)

Hint: There's a honey bee that was attacked by a killer hornet, but it wasn't made visible or identifiable directly. (Signified by the empty nest.)

Nellieanna did already point out such a fact, but you may have gotten some information incorrect as well. I guess we all are imperfect in some way right! LOL

Hornets as stated by Wikipedia (Isn't the most reliable source) are not just meat eaters, they feed on fruits, on sap, on nectar and the likes. Plus hornets are much more toxic with their stingers then bees, they can kill a human if such a victim is indeed allergic to hornets. The info states that such a person if not treated can go into an anaphylactic shock and die.

I just did my homework, and will be producing a hub about bee's, hornets, and wasps for sure. It's amazing using the internet and all the info that we can compare and contrast today. I myself alone have not a clue about these buzzers, but I will do my best to produce a most accurate hub due to my ignorance on this particular subject.

I only addressed you response with such info, because I don't want others thinking the wrong things about the info that was placed here into action, please don't take my ramblings personal Tirelesstraveler.

I'm in love with learning and doing research mostly, but i love playing with words as you can see here :)

Thanks for the cool comment anyhow, I am always up for constructive criticism, and to learn new things for sure, and maybe my probing can help others clear things up that are a misunderstanding as well, who knows!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Fantastic. Ready to do the let's run from the hornets dance. Great pics.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Gypsy Rose Lee, thanks I'm happy you liked it, yeah I never wanna disturb any bees nest or hornets nest, no way Jose :) so no dancing for me hopefully, hehe ^_^


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

My bad. I am so loaded with cold meds I plead the fifth on anything I said. The picture is stunning.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Mike, we have a lot of wasps in Florida. I see there nests all over the eaves of my house and under the window sills. I hate wasps and hornets! Bumble bees are OK - they don't attack humans. But the rest of them - I don't know what purpose they serve - except for honey bees, of course.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@tirelesstraveler, no probs its all good, I'm learning so much everyday myself, I just love this place we have known as hubpages for so many reasons. Have a wonderful day and I hope you get well soon! oh and thanks for not taking my comment in the wrong way and for sharing with me.


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@bravewarrior, Yeah I noticed that the Bumble bees here haven't ever attacked me neither, and so I must agree for sure on that yup yup. I also hate Hornets and Wasps they muct be meant to keep down the bees populations I guess, who knows right!

Thanks for the cool comment and for sharing Brave.


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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

It's amazing how those little buggers can build such awesome honeycombs, but I wish they would do it a million miles away from my house LOL!


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks for the funny comment up there @Efficient Admin, yeah them cool insects find a way to build their homes and castles which truly is amazing all in itself. I know right, why don't they have a whole country or island for themselves LOL :)


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

You pick the most unlikely thing to write a poem about Mike. It has a creativity about it that I don't see in every poem I read. I especially like how you show the time it took to build the nest. The queen being guarded by warriors was a nice touch as well. You are a warriorpoet my friend. Voting up and sharing!


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City Author

@Kasman, thanks bro. I love playing with differing theme from reality and by zooming in and out of all terrains I can think of. I'm so happy you enjoyed this poem, I will try to do more like it in the future bro. Also thanks for sharing and for the compliment, I truly appreciate your kind words of support.

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