Call Back the Bees

His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.

verse from Emily Dickinson’s poem, The Bee

It’s been in the news for several years now…that we are losing our honey bee colonies.  In some parts of the world, humans hand-pollinate the fruit-bearing trees due to the loss of bee populations.  One big reason for this loss is the use of pesticides.  The resultant disease is called Colony Collapse Disorder.Sunflowerwithbee..jpg

In late spring, I revel when I see bees pollinating my 100 year old cherry tree.  When I stand close, I hear the hum of bees doing their work.  I love the sound of this “machinery.”  I also love to see bees dallying in the bed of sunflowers or anywhere in my garden.  Everything feels right with the world on these special days.

Even if you think you are honey bee savvy, take two-and-a-half minutes to watch this short youtube about this amazing and necessary insect.  I learned something new.

Writing Prompt:
What can you do to “call back the honey bees?”  Write a poem perhaps?  Then share it.


4 thoughts on “Call Back the Bees

  1. In my former California home on a creek, we were blessed to have a bee hive. A neighbor called an exterminator to come poison the bee hive on our property the morning we were to talk about the bees. She and her daughter had been stung by yellow jackets they thought were our bees. We didn’t have a chance to stop this because we didn’t know. I was angry and beside myself with grief about this. Later I saw bees going in and out so hoping some of them made it. Reading your post brought this memory back. I did a painting of a person and called it Queen Bee. We have always planted plants for the bees and birds. They are a great love of mine.

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  2. One of the many ways we are only hurting ourselves in the long run. Goodness knows I’ve signed lots of petitions calling for pesticide changes. Here’s hoping we can call them back!

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