By Margaret Eytinge
Said Mrs. Wasp to Mrs. Bee,
"Will you a favor do me?
There's something I can't understand-
Please, ma'am, explain it to me:
Why do men build for you a house
And coax you to go in it,
While me - your cousin - they'll not let
Stay near them for a minute?
I have a sting, I do confess,
And should not like to lose it,
But so have you, and when you're vexed
I'm very sure you use it!"
"Well," said the bee, "to you, no doubt,
It does seem rather funny;
But people soon forget the stings