Hamish Maclaren’s “Wasp and Bee”

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Inspired by the black pattern on a wasp, I did a woodblock print of one and found this poem by the Scottish poet, Hamish Maclaren:

WASP AND BEE, or WHAT NOW, MORALIST?

From high endeavour
On his bright wings,
The wasp is fallen
To evil things.

From deep searching
In honeyed cup,
The bee is flown
Elsewhere to sup.

An apple dropped
By a grey trunk:
A wasp witless
And a bee drunk.

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A 19th-century romantic poet trying to get by in the 21st-century.
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