Tension

Robert_bio_photo_1___version_3__1_by Robert L. Ferrier19 Sep 2014

selects its nest by gender.
In women it settles in shoulders
hived slights of bees and wasps

harboring occasional hornets
flying just below the radar
on stealthy wings of pretense.

In men it goes for the gut
honest silent body blows
delivered by ranked contenders.