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“The Bees,” by Audre Lorde

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From this post, an essay of the backstory on bees and the poem and includes a video of Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant reading the poem:

by Audre Lorde

In the street outside a school
what the children learn
possesses them.
Little boys yell as they stone a flock of bees
trying to swarm
between the lunchroom window and an iron grate.
The boys sling furious rocks
smashing the windows.
The bees, buzzing their anger,
are slow to attack.
Then one boy is stung
into quicker destruction
and the school guards come
long wooden sticks held out before them
they advance upon the hive
beating the almost finished rooms of wax apart
mashing the new tunnels in
while fresh honey drips
down their broomsticks
and the little boy feet becoming expert
in destruction
trample the remaining and bewildered bees
into the earth.

Curious and apart
four little girls look on in fascination
learning a secret lesson
and trying to understand their own destruction.
One girl cries out
“Hey, the bees weren’t making any trouble!”
and she steps across the feebly buzzing ruins
to peer up at the empty, grated nook
“We could have studied honey-making!”

Written by Leisureguy

14 June 2020 at 7:42 am

Posted in Daily life

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  1. says a lot about our society


    Mary Jo Cobb

    14 June 2020 at 1:16 pm

  2. I agree. I also noticed I omitted a link in my post. That’s now fixed. The article at the link is interesting.



    14 June 2020 at 2:28 pm

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