by Lenny DellaRocca

the fine geometry

of the wasp’s house:
mathematically valid,

crisp, white.
All of them keep it worthy,

away from birds.
Work is inherent in them.

Their perfection defies the rain.
They are neither burned nor drowned.

After years have passed,
weakened, vacant,

the paper house
whistles silence.

A broomstick knocks it down.


Lenny DellaRocca has had poems in numerous literary magazines, including Poet Lore, Poetrybay, Albatross, 2River View, Fairy Tale Review and Nimrod. He has work forthcoming in Apalachee Review, Dunes Review, Lipstick: An Anthology of NightBallet Poets, Blue Fifth Review, New Plains Review, Verse-Virtual and Cooper Street Review. His chapbook The Sleep Talker is available from NightBallet Press, and his new collection Blood and Gypsies is forthcoming from Anaphora Literary Press. DellaRocca is founder and editor of South Florida Poetry Journal and Interview with a Poet.

'No One Knows' Guide
Literary Friday, Edi