August 10, 2021
Patrice Vecchione has written a lovely poem about spring, bee pollinating, and beekeeping. The poem was inspired by interactions with Lynne and the bees of Amen Bee.
Near SpringLate at night in a rain-soaked orchardof sweet almond, in the central valley townof the baths, you unload the white boxes of beesfrom the wide back of your flatbed truck,set them down in rows beside the twisting trees,so in the morning the bees will begin turningthe white and pink blossoms into fruit.Handing me the smoker, you show me howto heat the bees into making honey in their hives.Momentarily unafraid, I lean up to the boxeswhere nectar rises, floats into the misty air.Tell me, is this a heat to run from, or do I turntoward the honeying, the sudden beating of wings, the hum and buzz of the inner hive?
– Patrice Vecchione
Patrice is a poet, nonfiction writer, and teacher. Patrice Vecchione’s new book is My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth. You can find out more about Patrice on her website.
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