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Waiting for the Sting

Abecedarian poem

By Bernadette JohnsonPublished 7 months ago 1 min read
Waiting for the Sting
Photo by James Wainscoat on Unsplash

Aardvarks are first

But bees feed us

Can’t you see the folly of

Doing them harm?

Everyone loves bees

For the honey

Golden nectar of the gods

How sweet and how lovely

In translucent squeeze bears

Just waiting for tea

Knowing nothing but



Now the bees are dying

Of us, their bodies

Portents of more to come

Questioning our

Resolve to




Very soon

We do something to shift the

X-axis and

Y-axis toward


Writer’s note: This is my first attempt at an abecedarian poem, a concept introduced to me by fellow Vocal creator Babs Iverson.

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About the Creator

Bernadette Johnson

Bernadette “Berni” Johnson is the author of The Big Book of Spy Trivia, many tech articles, movie reviews, short stories, and two novels in perpetual editing.

You can find her blog, other work, and mailing list at bernijohnson.com.

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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  1. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

  2. Heartfelt and relatable

    The story invoked strong personal emotions

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  • Babs Iverson7 months ago


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