Terrorized by your stings,
I took out biochemical weapons
And blasted your nest
Like it was a third world country.
I was the United States Air Force.
It felt good to be so powerful
Until I saw your family
Trailing shredded wings,
Staggering on disintegrating legs,
Trying desperately to save the eggs
You had stung to protect.
–Sara Littlecrow-Russell [Thanks Writer’s Almanac]9:09 am on September 21, 2006 Email Stephen W. Carson