AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Thursday, April 19, 2012


Yellow jacket wasp

Much like yin and yang
Honeybees and wasps wear gold
But one goes to war

NOTE: I was thinking of two concepts.
The Yellow Wasps were a paramilitary group active in the Bosnian War in the 1990's.
The Honeybees are an acapella gospel group based in Sydney.

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Ellecee said...

An interesting take on the prompt today. Very unique haiku. I enjoyed it :-) Thank you.

Grace said...

That last line was food for thought ~ Very lovely haiku ~

PattiKen said...

That warrior scares the daylights out of me. The gentle honeybee not so much. Nice haiku.

Ramesh Sood said...

Interestingly put, Gemma..

Pranita said...

Quite different... and fresh, ur haiku! Loved it..

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

One goes to war, the other goes where? Oh, to flower power!

About honeybees: “First Light”

Chevrefeuille said...

Awesome haiku Gemma. Love the picture you paint in it of the differences between wasps and honeybees.


Mr. Walker said...

Lovely juxtaposition here - and observation of nature.




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