Down at Madrona Beach

 Janet Fredericks

Janet Fredericks

Down at Madrona Beach
a tree is white with blossom
perfumed with sweet fragrance
and abuzz with a massive swarm of bees
six good hives at least I’d say! Not being
much of an apiculturalist myself
Although I have been stung
more than once or twice

But I do believe these bees
are far too sotted to be stinging
I mean they’re literally bumbling
into each other in trying to get to the tap
Not a single one could fly a straight line
if hive or queen depended on it
Watching them enjoy work
makes it sad to be a drone

A drone’s life’s not all that hot
We’re tolerated for just one reason
when once we have done that we die
And we’re outnumbered 100 to 1! The day
we’re chosen for our destiny is undoubtedly
other men’s dream and their demise
To be expectantly waiting for
the honey home from work

If the Queen should slack-off
and not lay her 15000 eggs a day
why those little worker honnies will
just go into their ‘lay-a-new-Queen’ mode
at which point Queen I kills all the drones
and then herself in abject remorse
their bodies hauled to the dump
by their all too sober wives


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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One Response to Down at Madrona Beach

  1. so much to be learned from the little buggers

    Liked by 1 person

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