Ballad of the Bees

Get down dirty in the buzz

All the lip smearing ooze,

Of our honey-dipper’s art;

Where we flower to start

In the sacrifice, the bliss 

Of the once forever kiss.

Come into the gardens, 

all you forever young /

Why do we talk of gardens, 

now they're forever gone?

Upside down I’ll hang, there I’ll sup

release my pollen in blessings cup

daubed in a honeycomb of poems,

gathered from the warm fondling,

of light in seas of green leaves;

From the tease, the tickle, the frolic

of droplets among the night roots;

the sweet caress of the day’s breeze

among birch and larch, those trees.

Look, world-wide around the hive

who brought the poisons, sprayings 

where suddenly epidemics swirl?

Where all of the healing spells

of gossamer-pulsed wings fail,

sunset in the gold of homecoming.

Come into the garden, Rand,

Listen among the flowers, the bee’s nectar song /

Where are the profits in a garden

Now song and bee and flower are forever gone? 


The hymning hive of nuns and priests

holy in robes of yellow and black,

Distillers of love in dribbles of light;

and the garden where we flock, gather,

in an exquisite Afro-beat, honey-ravers,

prayer~ecstatic communication of dance,

now we hymn to the sun, our ancients.

Come into the garden, Ayn,

question all these lonely engines of growth;

Come into the garden, Ayn,

Let yourself fade, a fragrant ghost on a path,

mind silenced rose in the sticky ‘bee~ing’,

alive on your lips, a hive of common humming.

Betrayals by night fall, you pray for ‘business as usual’, 

you toy with the final worker bee’s dying breath /

To enjoy liberty, the bitter~honey of profit’s ritual,

the interest on those hollow honeycombs of death.


Notes:

"By the grace of reality and the nature of life, man–every man–is an end in himself, he exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose."

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 7


“ you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual

men and women, and there are families... people must look to

themselves first.”

Margaret Thatcher, Woman’s Own magazine interview 1987.


In Europe between 30 to 50% of honey bee colonies have been lost 

in recent years. The main causes are climate change, habitat loss,

the use of pesticides and parasites. The partnership between

humans and bees could not be stronger. Bees pollinate 70% of the

foods which feed 90% of the world’s population. 

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