24 Seasons #Syllabic #Poetry #Challenge, No. 2 #TankaTuesday. #tanka #nature #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #poems

I chose from the list of words provided this week and went with apple bee. After some research, I found it was a wasp. It is like our very active ground wasps that have earned the name meat bee here. They enjoy apples but also any meat. They make eating outside impossible and football BBQs a challenge. I have talked about them before in a previous post.

They are at the doors. The moment I step outside, they are already bumping against me in a warning I take seriously. This has been the worst year I can remember. Their attacks usually increase this time of year before their ground hives die down, leaving a queen and some workers for next spring. Many people I’ve talked to have been stung, that includes me. It isn’t just one sting, but several at once. Not sure what made it such a terrible year for them, but it sure is.

I keep my eye on the outdoor temperature, so far we’ve gotten down to 39 degrees at night, but not the 32 degrees that will solve this problem. Until then I wait.
This is a tanka poem 5/7/5/7/7.
aggressive meat bees
waiting for me at the door
safe inside I hide
until falls first welcomed chill
clears the air of painful stings

79 thoughts on “24 Seasons #Syllabic #Poetry #Challenge, No. 2 #TankaTuesday. #tanka #nature #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity #poems”

    1. They were pests when we camped, but now they are in atrack mode. They do love meat, that is for sure. Thanks, Balroop 🙂

  1. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with wasps! Hornets, yellow jackets, velvet wasps, and Africanized bees terrify me. I hope the temp in your area drops soon!

    1. Thanks, Vera 🙂 they terrify me too. I don’t mind honey bees or bumble bees but the rest I avoid. Fingers crossed with temps.

  2. Oh yikes. I guess they get worked up this time of year, like they’re last hurrah. I hope you’re ok from the bee stings. Darn wasp/bees! Your tanka is spot on! Thanks so much, Denise. 🧡

    1. Yes, they usually are bothersome now, but this year, they have tiny chips on their shoulders. I am fine now, but it was swollen and itchy for a couple of weeks. Thanks, Colleen 🙂

    1. No, it isn’t fun. Unlike honey bees, these guys have an attitude. Thanks, Yvette 🙂

  3. Eesh! It sounds like you are inundated, Denise. I am super sensitive to stings, so I’d be worried about stepping outside. Here’s hoping “falls welcome chill” arrives soon for you.
    Nice poem!

    1. I only go outside to get to the car. I run to bring groceries in! I hate they are keeping me inside, but My stings lasted for two weeks. Thanks, Mae

  4. Wow, Denise! We’ve been harassed by hornets at picnics, but they didn’t sting people, just buzzed us constantly trying to get to the food. Keep a flyswatter handy, I guess, or stay inside until they hibernate.

    1. Usually, you can swat them away, but not this year! We have an electric swatter we got at Christmas. They are faster than me. . Lol

  5. I heard if you leave beer offerings outside, they’ll find their way into the bottles but won’t get out. Hopefully, they won’t be so bad next year. Cute poem!

  6. Oh no, Denise. That’s awful. We dealt with wasps at our old house. My husband went around the house, and tried to find their hiding place to get rid of them.
    By the way, I scheduled a review of your poetry at 2:00 pm today. I was running around all day and it’s live right now. I submitted it to Amazon but it hasn’t posted there yet. Sometimes it takes 2 minutes and sometimes takes 2 days. 😊

    1. We haven’t figured out where they are yet. I would be happy to have the nest removed.
      Thank you for the beautiful review and post, Miriam 🙂 It definitely made my day. Hugs. Xo

    1. Most definitely! They are scary little creatures and if someone was allergic and another person knew it…lol xoxo

    1. Thanks, Lauren 🙂 I hate not being able to go outside, but will enjoy it sllrhe more when they disappear.

  7. We had our community barbeque on Sept. 30. The bees were in larger attendance than the community members! 🙁 Your poem spoke volumes!

      1. One older woman approached me and asked if I had an epi pen. I did not, but told her I would go back to her house if she wanted me to.
        “I don’t have one,” she said. “If no one has one, then just call 911, otherwise I’ll die.”
        I was a bit flabbergasted. I did find someone who had a pen on her, but fortunately no one needed it! 🙂

      2. I’m glad no one needed an epi pen, but if I needed one, I’d always have it with me. She was lucky you were there to help.

  8. I feel your pain! Great tanka – I don’t get many wasps here, maybe already too cold thankfully as I am one of those people that screams and runs about and would probably have a whole swarm after me ….. 🥴

    1. Thanks, Suzanne 🙂 I tend to run too, which I know makes them madder, but a natural reaction on my part, too 🙂

  9. These wasps are dangerous. Last year they built a nest right next to my kitchen window. And precisely around this time when the season was turning they flooded to my screen. Walking over each other as if fighting. It was the weirdest sight. I’d never seen that before. This year, they didn’t come. Perhaps at someone else’s window.
    Your poem is splendid. Thanks.
    And please beware of these mobsters. Blessings.

    1. They can be very dangerous, Selma. That is very strange that they were all on your screen and looked like they were fighting. That is stuff nightmares are made of. I am glad they didn’t return. I hope the same for us next year. Blessings xo

  10. I still have the remains of a wasp sting from 40 years ago, acquired at the local fruit stand…they are nasty.

    1. Sorry to hear of your allergy. My mom had the same issue. Lived with them for 33 years, I offered water to kerp on their good side, but this year, something changed. Thanks, Teagan. Hugs xo

  11. Oh gosh, your story and poem bring back memories of when I was a child. I hope all is well now. ❤️

  12. A wonderfully written poem for those aggressive little creatures, Robbie. Our wasps are rather tame and don’t sting unless you step on them or swat them. The meat bees sound awful. I hope they don’t get worse over your summer. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Diana 🙂 I’m glad you don’t have these bees in OR! They are little terrors but at least are dying down in the fall. We will have to find the nest and get it removed. Hugs

  13. I read somewhere that wearing a necklace of cinnamin might keep mozzies away not sure about your Apple Bees. We’ve had Cicada Killers, a kind of ground wasp – they were bad last year not so much this year. We also had a Spotted Lantern Fly issue. I hope they don’t make it out your way as they love grape leaves!! I too look for 32F… While it has gotten down to the 40’s – not quite the 30’s yet.

    Stay warm and safe!!

    1. I’m ready to try anything to get rid of these pests. Cinnamon is worth a try. Glad they weren’t bad for you this year. I’m hoping this is just a rare event. Definitely don’t want Spotted Lantern Flies here with the grape crops. Fingers crossed that freeze comes soon for both of us, Jules.

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