Dogs 2015

MINATURE MAJORITY
(7/10/15)


yard light
out

I replace
the bulb

no good

I replace
the sensor

still
no good

I take
the assembly
apart

much
to the dismay
of the wasps
who have built
a nest
in the hollow
post

they
warn me
but fortunately
do not sting

I use
the only deterrent
at hand

mosquito
repellent

irritated
they at least
keep their
distance

a temporarily
nuisance
they are not
the cause
of my problem

I do
some testing

find the socket
corroded

the new bulb
bad

so clean
the area

find yet
another new
bulb

test this
one
first

put everything
back
together

smile
in the night
as the front yard
is again
illuminated

the next
day
I reopen
the affair
to put a final
wrap
on the wires

find
no wasps
at all

only a nest
overrun
with tiny
black ants
feasting
upon
the paper mâché
and its
contents

I feel
bad
for the winged
ones
but somehow
this is
the natural order

if
just a bit
unnaturally disordered
by me

I leave
the nest
in place
and bolt
the whole mess
back
together

one wasp
hovers nearby
out of
habit

dislodged
first
by size

finally
by numbers

it flies
away
into a new
darkness