Bee Poetry

I 	             am
the 	            buzz
of       	a
be      -e
go-	ing
its work,
feeding its queen
honeycombs of poetry,
making her word fertile.
I am a scratching pen,
a tapping keyboard,
going about my work
watching bees
on flowers,
waiting for inspiration.

Kim M. Russell, 5th September 2022

It’s Labour Day in the United States and Lisa has chosen the word ‘work’ for this week’s Quadrille prompt at the dVerse Poets Pub. She has also given examples of other poets’ work, from Longfellow, Sylvia Plath, Andrew Hudgins, James Scruton, Gary Lemons and Marge Piercy (I love her novel Woman on the Edge of Time). The name for the quadrille form is taken from an 18th Century dance as well as being dVerse’s poetic form of just 44 words (not counting the title) which must include the word the host provides. This week it’s ‘work’. So, get to work and come and join us!


53 thoughts on “Bee Poetry

    1. Thank you, Björn. I was tempted to write the poem in a hexagon shape, like a honey cell, but it didn’t quite work. How do the bees always get the perfect hexagon? The bee shape was easier.


  1. I love the bee’s shape, Kim, and I like what I perceive as you, the poet, being the imagined wings who lift the poets. Such a pretty poem ❤ I will need to find the Marge Piercy book and see your poem as an extension/tribute to hers.

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      1. You’re welcome. I looked for the book in my library system and they have it — but only in Spanish. I may try to read it to practice my Spanish (that I’m learning through duolingo right now.) I do see she’s written several books that the library does have (in English.)

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