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A Mouthful of Wasps MAG

July 9, 2011
By TheHangingGirl BRONZE, Winter Haven, Florida
TheHangingGirl BRONZE, Winter Haven, Florida
1 article 1 photo 250 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Poets utter great and wise things that they themselves can not comprehend."

I tried to hold them in,
but they stung my mouth.
So, out they go,
atrociously swarming; hunting new prey.
When they do find one,
they show no mercy, blinding them with venomous slang.
The poor victims open their mouths to protest or gasp
which the vile insects take as an invitation –
And they are overwhelmed themselves with the infectious anger; the slanderous tongue.
By the end of the day,
Everyone has a Mouthful of Wasps.

The author's comments:
It is about Gossip.

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on Mar. 18 2013 at 10:29 pm
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

I love this poem so much!! Kudos forgetting into the magazine! XD

kmcn33 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 22 2012 at 3:32 pm
kmcn33 BRONZE, Needham, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
I was much too far out all my life / And not waving but drowning

Such a good choice to portray gossip I love it 

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on Jun. 5 2012 at 9:39 am
KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.
~Hans Hofmann
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury

This is really good. This is genius. It is completely innovative. It deserves to be in the magazine.

on Dec. 29 2011 at 7:54 pm
Jappyalldayeveryday, Detroit, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
They say that good things take time, but really great things happen in the blink of an eye

This is really good and unique!

on Dec. 20 2011 at 5:00 pm
LiVeLaUgHlOvE__ GOLD, Geneva, New York
13 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
Live life as if you'll die tomorrow, Dream as if you'll live forever.

Very good!

on Dec. 19 2011 at 2:34 pm
TaoTwins SILVER, Seattle, Indiana
5 articles 2 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
I am the wisest man alive, because I know one thing, and that one thing is that I know nothing~Socrates

VERY CREATIVE! I love the idea of words as wasps..!

i hope you look into my work (:

on Aug. 6 2011 at 8:52 pm
Norma-Bernard GOLD, Moosic, Pennsylvania
14 articles 2 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When a door closes, somewhere out there a window opens."

WOW!!!!!!! Sooooo good. I never would have thought of that. Check out my work?

on Aug. 1 2011 at 12:03 am
Raytheraym PLATINUM, Belton, Missouri
47 articles 35 photos 457 comments
Great metaphor! Very well written! :)

on Jul. 31 2011 at 4:09 pm
redhairCat PLATINUM, Pebble Beach, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I can do anything!"

Ha ha! That was very creative!

on Jul. 23 2011 at 11:59 pm
musicispassion PLATINUM, Perris, California
35 articles 0 photos 733 comments

Favorite Quote:
" Life is never easy for those who dream."
There are so many other quotes i need pages to write them

great metaphor u pic great pics to go with ur poems the title caught my attention when i was looking at your work i'm glad i read it keep writing

on Jul. 23 2011 at 8:43 am
Hazel-daisy GOLD, --, Other
19 articles 0 photos 324 comments

Favorite Quote:
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else - Erna Bombeck

In three words i can sum up everything I've learned in life: it goes on -Robert Frost

Live, Love, Laugh - ______

Hope, Love, breathe <3 - Me

i love this! and yeah i agrees amazing metaphor! its a really intersesting poem aswel! 5/5 :)

on Jul. 19 2011 at 11:19 am
Cheshirekat SILVER, Boise, Idaho
5 articles 0 photos 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
“A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Oh you can't avoid that; we're all mad here." - The Cheshire Cat

amazing metaphor. really well done. i love it.

on Jul. 18 2011 at 8:35 pm
Cryswithaly SILVER, Kokomo, Indiana
5 articles 1 photo 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
When I was 5 my mother told me the key to life is happiness. My teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. She said I didn't understand the assignment. I told her she didn't understand life.
-John Lennon (Revised)

l Love the comparison and the choice of words. Keep going! :)

on Jul. 17 2011 at 5:51 pm
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 389 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi

Good metaphor, and very vivid wording. :)

on Jul. 17 2011 at 10:25 am
RFrocker23 PLATINUM, Ballwin, Missouri
22 articles 1 photo 59 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

I LOVE how you compared gossiping to wasps. It's really unique and not something you'd really expect. I also enjoyed your choice of words--this poem was far less hackneyed than others.

on Jul. 16 2011 at 3:53 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1646 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Excellent poem!  It's very true about gossip.

on Jul. 14 2011 at 8:19 pm
TheHangingGirl BRONZE, Winter Haven, Florida
1 article 1 photo 250 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Poets utter great and wise things that they themselves can not comprehend."

Thanks Ya'll! And i always do FeedBack for Feedback!

on Jul. 13 2011 at 10:51 am
WritingGirlKyla14 PLATINUM, West Valley, Utah
24 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
I am a princess, all girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty or smart or young. They're still princesses, all of us." -Frances Hodgeson Burnett, A Little Princess
Live in the present, remember the past and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now." _Christopher Paolini, Eldest

So cool. I never thought of gossip like that. It's an awesome metaphore and well written.

~K   : )

on Jul. 12 2011 at 8:30 pm
ItsAshMal SILVER, Guilford, Connecticut
8 articles 0 photos 44 comments
This is such a great concept! I love the language and the line breaks. 

on Jul. 12 2011 at 6:26 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1632 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

How very saddening! You've found a very accurate metaphor for gossip. It can be so difficult to keep secrets from spreading, or stopping yourself from talking badly about people. But where's the compassion for 'the victim?' Anyway, well stated.