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Mum’s the Word

Mum told us if we saw a wasp to stay
quite still. So when one chose to be my guest
and crawl around my face, I did my best,
lips closed. My sisters thrilled at my display
of bravery. Once the wasp had flown away,
Mum oohed and ahed; she’d also been impressed.
The message was: do nothing, come what may!
The incident was quickly laid to rest.
Later, one of us upset a nest
of bees, and Barbie, eager to obey,
stood quite still. She didn’t dare protest
at being stung. Would she be here today
had Mum not come at Manda’s shrill request?
Kids tend to do exactly what you say.

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