Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Honey / Bee

“Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.”— Robert Green Ingersoll

Mesolithic rock painting of a honey hunter harvesting honey and wax from a bees nest in a tree. At Cuevas de la Araña en Bicorp. (Dating around 8000 to 6000 BC)

“Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt – marvelous error! – that I had a bee hive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.”— Antonio Machado

Midweek Motif ~ Honey / Bee

Recently I read a beautiful poem, 'Where Honey Comes From' by Maggie Smith and Honey/Bee– motif for our poets came instantly.

With honey and bee humans have been having a pretty long hunter-hunted relationship. Is it the same today or has it changed? Let your words buzz.

Your words may be connected to the sweet, sticky fluid that bees make from nectar; to the bee itself; to the flower, storehouse of the nectar; to the honeycomb or even to the deadly humans for we must not forget we are facing bee-loss globally in an increasing rate; among other factors human factor is one that has contributed to this sharp decline. However honey bee is not on the endangered species list yet.

Sharing some honey / bee poems here:

Fame Is A Bee

by Emily Dickinson

Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.

A Bee
by Matsuo Basho

A bee
staggers out
of the peony

by Norman Rowland Gale

You voluble,
Vehement fellows
That play on your
Flying and
Musical cellos,
All goldenly
Girdled you
Senerade clover,
Each artist in
Bass but a
Bibulous rover!

You passionate,
Pastoral bandits,
Who gave you your
Roaming and
Rollicking mandates?
Come out of my
Foxglove; come
Out of my roses
You bees with the
Plushy and
Plausible noses!

An extract from Kahlil Gibran’s Prophet :

                       And now you ask in your heart,
"How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from
                that which is not good?"
Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is
            the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,
But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the
             For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life,
     And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,
  And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of  
                    pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.

People of Orphalese, be in your pleasures like the flowers and the        bees.

Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community—

(Next week Susan’s Midweek Motif will be ~ Truth / in honor of Gandhi)


  1. Many of my comments disappeared this morning. I was using Google Chrome, and now I'm trying Firefox. This one seems to maintain my login. Hmmm. I wonder why? May your digital world behave today! I enjoyed this prompt, Sumana--every poem and quote.

  2. Susan, I have been having that problem. I have to try different log-in methods, at each comment form, till I find one that works. Most annoying. Can take a few tries to find one that will be accepted - especially with Wordpress sites and those using Akismet for security.

    Sumana, I so enjoyed the lovely bee poems.........they are excellent. I especially love Gibran's! Thank you for a sweet topic!

  3. Happy Mid-Week, Sumana, and all united poets!

  4. Been a while since I participated here. A lot going on in the meantime. Glad to see it’s still going strong and glad to be back. Thanks Sumana for the prompt. This is the 4th time I've tried to post a comment, so something seems to be going on with them. -Rob

  5. I am also having problems with posting comments. Each time I have to press the 'refresh' button. It works most of the time. Annoying. What is that 'Not secure' heading in red ink doing on the left hand corner of this page?

  6. Replies
    1. Thank you so much. I've never before dared to put myself out there like that. And are a bit overwhelmed, happy, grateful and humbled by the response. Enough to make me wanna do it again! ;-)

  7. An excellent and timely promot, says she who keeps bees.

  8. Happy Midweek, everyone! I am combining two prompts today. Thank you for the inspiration, Sumana ❤️

  9. Joe M, I have tried several times to leave a comment, it isnt working. But I did stop by. Smiles.

  10. A favourite topic, although I am not very sanguine about it.

  11. That is quite the rock painting - I think our ancestors knew the beauty of the bee.

  12. Thank you for this prompt. I really had fun combining it with another...

  13. Oh... and I love that rock painting!


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