Haibun: Bee Vigliant

For the Midweek Motif over at Poets United – Vigilance

 

Haibun: Bee Vigilant
“The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.” – Saint Francis de Sales

I am being vigilant and keeping watch over my bees. There are still wild flowers about from which they can feed but, I am monitoring their hive and their comb pattern, getting ready for the cooler days of autumn and the cold days of winter. My bees are healthy and some of them are a bit drunk on early windfalls from fruit fruit trees and grape vines. Silly bees! Next month I will begin feeding them and preparing them for winter. I will be blocking off the hive to protect it from cold air and snow. Last year I only lost two bees and it was a harsh winter.

They still travel around the neighborhood and take nectar from a neighbor’s flowers or from the last blooms in the garden. I will begin collecting honey next month for personal use,  making sure I leave enough for them to feed from and weather the winter. A few jars of golden honey and some comb for me, a lot for them. I will leave fruit out along with dishes of sugar water to get them all fed and happy for the winter. I am allergic to bee stings. Go figure that I court death when I look after the bees. But without them, we would all die.
ever vigilant
I keep watch over the  bees –
they wait for spring

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joey Who? 💯💯
    Sep 18, 2019 @ 16:48:40

    nice post. I love beekeeping. It’s so interesting

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  3. susanstoo
    Sep 18, 2019 @ 18:01:20

    Bravo! To take care of the bees gently–and to watch out for stinging situations–is to take care of yourself and everyone else too!

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  4. Shawna
    Sep 18, 2019 @ 19:03:28

    I love chewing the comb. It is the coolest texture.

    You sound like a very good and sweet bee momma. 🙂

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  5. Truedessa
    Sep 18, 2019 @ 19:04:57

    First, that title is great! Without the bees are destiny would be grim. I still see a bee or two around here as summer comes to an end.

    Be grateful for the bees…(I am)

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  6. oldegg
    Sep 18, 2019 @ 22:17:09

    OK, you can stay on Earth as you are doing something very useful to preserve it and many species of plants and to please us humans too.

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  7. Sumana Roy
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 00:11:50

    Ha, Toni, next week we have a honey/bee midweek motif. I can never be tired of bees. So expecting another bee poem, like this one, so full of awareness from you. What would happen to us without them—I shudder to imagine.

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  8. kim881
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 03:16:31

    I love the punning title, Toni, and the way you describe your personal bee vigilance. We need more beekeepers like you!

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 19, 2019 @ 06:27:31

      It always amazes how many bee keepers take such care of their bees, realising their importance. We are a unique breed.

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  9. jaerose37
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 05:18:12

    What a wonderfully uplifting read

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  10. Misky
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 05:53:36

    There’s nothing to compare with fresh honey comb.

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  11. Myrna
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 10:45:19

    I loved this poem. Thank you for sharing how you contribute to our survival. I am full of admiration especially since you are allergic to bee stings. You are not only giving, but brave.

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 19, 2019 @ 10:57:14

      Lol. Thanks. Not brave. I am armed with a dozen Epi Pens and a route to the closest rescue. I love bees.

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  12. Sherry Marr
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 11:59:25

    The care of bees is so interesting, Toni. I didnt know we can help them as you are doing. Thanks for being aware, and taking care of them. We do need them.

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 19, 2019 @ 12:08:03

      During their collecting season, I keep small dishes of sugar water in my back yard to give them a boost, to help them on their way. Bees get tired. It is something we all can do. I have several areas in my yard devoted to clover and other wildflowers that the yard guy isn’t allowed to cut. Bee keepers are some of the most eco aware people I know. They don’t make much of their awareness, being quiet folk like me. They just quietly keep the bees.

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  13. lillian
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 15:34:10

    Toni, you truly are a woman of many many talents!!! Why am I not surprised that one of them is also bee-keeping??? 🙂 LOVE the idea of tipsy bees on those fallen and smooshed apples and other fruits that fell before the picking 🙂

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  14. sarahsouthwest
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 15:38:12

    Look after the bees because they look after the planet! We used to have bees when I was a child – they are fascinating. I love chewing the comb, too.

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  15. msjadeli
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 15:41:56

    Toni, I would love to keep bees and am sure they’d love it here. Plenty already come here but not sure where they live. I admire you very much for helping them.

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 19, 2019 @ 16:19:44

      Put out dishes (shallow) of sugar water to help them on their journey. I use the same ratio as hummingbirds, 1 part sugar to 3 parts sugar. That is a good way of helping them and giving them energy. 😊

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  16. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 15:52:15

    Epi pens are are smart; hopefully you wear the full beekeepers garb as well. Things you are and do continue to amaze me.

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 19, 2019 @ 16:15:07

      Nope. I just have the ine hive. My uncle kept bees years ago. He always showered and out on clean clothes before tending his multiple hives. He was never stung. My bees know me. As long as I am clean and calm, I ave no worries. I keep the epi pen as a precaution.

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  17. rivrvlogr
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 16:23:32

    Much respect for your vigilance. 🙂

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  18. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 16:35:46

    Wow Toni. I think bees are so cool. Thank you for helping them.

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  19. Vivian Zems
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 16:51:49

    I enjoyed this.Looking after bees is definitely
    a full-time job.
    Watch out for the sting!

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  20. mhmp77
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 20:56:57

    kaykuala

    To think that sweet honey should be what bees ‘throw up’ and humans took to it with relish. Done in a clean environment so should be ok

    Hank

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  21. Bodhirose
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 22:10:31

    I love seeing bees swarming around the flowers in the yard. There are still some happy, healthy bees out there! Lovely share, Toni…thanks for being a good bee Mama. xo

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  22. navasolanature
    Sep 20, 2019 @ 18:22:45

    I didn’t realise you were a keeper of bees. Of course you write so poetically about this but also show the care needed to nurture these amazing creatures and the almost joyful risk you take to be a preserver of bees. I am toying with the idea as have a friend who keeps bees in Ireland, although we have a wide range of bumblebees, solitary bees and different types of wasps and hornets.

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 20, 2019 @ 18:29:33

      If you do decide to be a bee keeper, thare are classes available to help you get started. I bought my bees from a local bee keeper – i bought an Italian strain yhat is amazingly docile. Because of my allergies I opted for docile bees. I also help the wild bees by prividing an environment for them and by providing food and shelter for them. I do not collect their honey. I do not encourage wasos or hornets. My uncle kept bees with a dozen hives. His sin and grandson inherited the hives on his death.

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  23. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 20, 2019 @ 20:27:38

    Such an important and beautiful “ministry.” I love to see the bees visit our garden. Thankfully, our neighborhood seems to cater well to them.

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  24. Carol J Forrester
    Sep 21, 2019 @ 06:33:10

    I’ve been curious about bee-keeping for a while. The dream is to write for a living, buy a little small holding with a few sheep and a couple of hives and a lovely orchard where I can have as many trees as I want.
    The husband is slightly less taken with the idea.
    I really enjoyed reading this piece, well done on your husbandry kills.

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  25. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Sep 27, 2019 @ 22:59:54

    Love the flow of this poem. You say above in a comment that your “bees know me”. That is fascinating…

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 27, 2019 @ 23:06:41

      Bees like any sentient creature, get to know the human assiciated with them, that feeds and protects them. I “touch ” them about 4 times a day. They know my scent. I am careful to be squeaky clean around them and to wear white or very pale solid colors and to use neutral laundry products and no perfumes.

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