Poetry By Linda M. Crate Vol. 4

From “The Life Of The Bee” By Maurice Maeterlinck & Alfred Sutro

Gift Of The Bee

the bee
stood on the rock
looking for a drink
from the shallow stream
that proved no threat
for a human,
but an ominous force for
a bee;
when he was finished he flew
from flower to flower as if his wings
never tired—
pollen attached to his little legs
as he kissed flower after flower
giving and taking without
worry or care
giving fruit and flowers to creatures
too cruel to care.

The Kindness Of Bees

i remember
seeing the honeybee,
and smiling;
they’ve always seemed
kind to me
sometimes they hitch rides
on my legs or shoulder
but they’ve never
stung me—
i know we need them
so i let them live,
and it always makes me happy
to see a little pollinator
especially when there’s pollen on their legs,
and the way they buzz from flower to flower
ensuring no flower is left behind
makes me smile;
i think bees are kinder than humanity.

Linda M. Crate’s poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has five published chapbooks: ‘A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn’ (Fowlpox Press – June 2013), ‘Less Than A Man’ (The Camel Saloon – January 2014), ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ (Scars Publications, August 2016), ‘My Wings Were Made to Fly’ (Flutter Press, September 2017), and ‘splintered with terror’ (Scars Publications, January 2018), and one micro-chapbook ‘Heaven Instead’ (Origami Poems Project, May 2018). She is also the author of the novel ‘Phoenix Tears’ (Czykmate Books, June 2018).

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