‘Death Of The Queen’ By Winston Plowes

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David Hoehring

A few words from the author about this poem:

The sestina is a complex French poetic form with six stanzas, each containing six lines and a final triplet. The poetic effect relies not upon rhyming but by all stanzas using the same six words as their line ends in a set pattern of intricate repetition. Additionally this particular poem is a found sestina in which all words are harvested and repurposed from the online article, The Bird & The Bees by Bee Keeper, Vicky Whiteley.




Death Of The Queen

A brooding queen
The changing season
Returning dance
Harvesting an autumn
of unexplained death
Hard foraging days

Fly over the days
Enter the queen
Venomous deaths
Leaving her season
Waxing the autumn’s
end of life dance

Go to the dance
over prolonged days
Back into autumn
First time a queen
Mentor the season
Shoulder the death

The drone of death
Embark after the dance
A solitary season
A world of days
for a royal queen
in a honey flowered autumn

Plunging into autumn
Removing the death
Task of the queen
Sucked into a dance
Spending spring days
in the mating season

Swarming the season
The disappearing autumn
Combing through days
Paying for deaths
Emerging from the dance
The secret life of the queen

Over is the season for the queen
Through the autumn she’ll watch the dance
Long are the days of unfertilised death




In the summer Winston’s a hare chasing bicycles and winning by miles, in winter he categorises found jigsaw pieces and tunes the family silver. Each night he sits with his elderly cat, ‘Sausage’ under starlight on the roof of his boat, waiting for his found poems to roost and return to his floating home in Calderdale UK from the pages of journals published worldwide. http://www.winstonplowes.co.uk

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