Apology to the Wasps

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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