Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2016  Vol. 15 No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
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How the Wasp Girl Nests

the wasps erect a paper home
apertures honeycombed and spit-made

it hangs from the roof like a pocked
cradle / ulcer on the eaves whirring

upstairs the buzz of a girl / her body
a little vibrator in a heaven-spot

molars jiggling through the head all the while
the clink of her parents downstairs

fork knife aperitif / she wants to purr
like a kitten-mouth / larynx open open

closed / when they call her for dinner
she takes her time slipping on her panties

the ones with the tiny ladybugs twirling
like red paper fans on a humid night

she takes her time slinking down the stairs
to the table where she giggles / thinks

how she wants to feed herself to a man
like thread feeds a needle / the sound of silver-

ware far away because no one told her
she could ring her own bell and love it

her father talks of calling an exterminator
the wasps are out of control / multiplying

everything tuned out now except
the hum of her hive: again again  

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