Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Honeybee

A Haiku Series

1

A difficult job

Her work is a breath of life

Overlooked greatly

 

2

Dip your finger in the yellow

Smooth, powdered sugar

Cough, sniffle, sneeze

 

3

Whizz, whir, buzz along

Swat and shake

Drop of venom, their life you forsake

 

4

Their sense of community

More than we know

One down, hundreds to go

 

5

Sweet syrup they provide

Face value little to nothing

Subtle gold

 

6

Rays of light shine down

On this little god

Floating through what they create

 

7

Our effect on them

A dusty, delicate hell,

Know not what we do

 

8

Life has one meaning

We spend years searching

For our own, dazed and confused

 

9

Yet for these humble creatures

What they do is all

They can do, giving

 

10

We ignore the death we cast

Push it back in our minds

Back, gone, live on

 

11

They fly on,

Solemnly unaware of us

we unaware of them

 

12

Continue to live in gratitude

Sun shining bright

A dusty day

 

13

Soft love upon flower tops

Whiz, whir, buzz along

Small yellow givers

 

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