‘Two Boys In Iowa Have Been Charged With Killing Half A Million Honeybees’ By Chris Bullard

bee and hive art illustration

Two Boys In Iowa Have Been Charged With Killing Half A Million Honeybees

A thrill to crumple the first, but stomping
all fifty hives was more like doing chores;
still, they persevered, ridding the heartland
of these aliens that shivered before they died.

Bringing boots down in unison in a march  
was their means to take control. Afterwards,
they felt more powerful than a mechanical
harvester, no longer kids, but wrathful gods.

The mystery is why they bothered killing
bees, a species already near extermination
from some virus or poison that the experts
can’t identify despite the collapsed colonies.

Something we use or simply carry with us
as a part of being human is taking the honey
from our children’s lives, leaving fields bare
and the fruit trees stripped stark as bayonets.



Chris Bullard lives in Philadelphia, PA. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Wilkes University. Finishing Line Press published his poetry chapbook, Leviathan, in 2016 and Kattywompus Press published High Pulp, a collection of his flash fiction, in 2017. His work has appeared in publications such as 32 Poems, Green Mountains Review, Rattle, Pleiades, River Styx and Nimrod.

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