Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Honey/Bee  (posted by Sumana)

“Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt – marvelous error! – that I had a bee hive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.”— Antonio Machado

“With honey and bee humans have been having a pretty long hunter-hunted relationship. Is it the same today or has it changed? Let your words buzz.
Your words may be connected to the sweet, sticky fluid that bees make from nectar; to the bee itself; to the flower, storehouse of the nectar; to the honeycomb or even to the deadly humans for we must not forget we are facing bee-loss globally in an increasing rate; among other factors human factor is one that has contributed to this sharp decline. However honey bee is not on the endangered species list yet.”

Traditionally used
in many holiday rites,
honey–to me–is a staple.
Maple syrup is another.
Honey can last forever,
never goes bad. Some
honeys are rivers of
amber, others are deeper,
darker like buckwheat honey.
Behind honey, a complicated
process takes place, one
step bing the honeycomb,
like a maze for bees. Please
keep bees off the endangered
list, and honey on my spoon.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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20 Responses to Honey

  1. Rall says:

    Honey certainly has magical properties. Feed the bees…easy…a little water and sugar.


  2. susanstoo says:

    I second your prayer for bees and for honey!


  3. oldegg says:

    Lets hope the bees survive or else we will be in real trouble.


  4. jaerose37 says:

    I hope there will always be bees – and honey


  5. Yes, honey is wonderful! I pray the bees, already endangered, manage to survive.


  6. Jim says:

    Great plea, Sara. We have had a large demise in their population here in the Southwest U.S. Fortunately there were plenty to pollinate our orange tree this year, we have a lot of oranges.


  7. Sherry Marr says:

    Oh yes…what you said in your closing lines.


  8. sanaarizvi says:

    Amen to the closing image!! ❤️❤️


  9. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    …rivers of amber. This year, I have seen more butterflies and bees.


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