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Bud Grossmann’s
Words of the Week
for the Week of
August 26, 2018
Previously unpublished
political comment.

© 2018 by Bud Grossmann.
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Low-Flying Creatures (2018)
  Low-Flying Creatures (2018)
© 2018 by Bud Grossmann


On Wednesday I cut the grass.
Unwittingly, I brought a small,
languorous hornet into the house
on the cuff of my blue work shirt
and soon sustained a sting on my hand.

No swelling,
no great or
lasting pain,
no harm done.
I flicked the hornet
to the floor and stomped on it.

Later, after reporting this event
to a friend, I reconsidered my
assertion of “no harm done.” I
began to realize that, from the
hornet’s perspective, the stomping
may well have seemed a
substantial harm indeed.

In a week saturated with political
potentialities, I also began to
contemplate the metaphorical
meaning of the deceased hornet
and its yet-to-be-encountered
colleagues congregating
somewhere in my lawn.

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