The Bees and I

For Poets United, Mid-week Motif: Bees and honey

The Bees and I
“The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.”
Jacques Yves Cousteau

Watching my bees leave the hive
and return I know they are preparing
for cold weather.
The bees are clustered on several oriole feeders
scattered about the yard.
Like them, I am preparing for winter –
canning the last of the tomatoes,
cucumbers brining for pickles,
peaches all amber in their jars.
Soup mixture – my favorite –
tomatoes, butterbeans, and the last of the corn
sleepily drowsing in jars ready for winter soups.
The bees and I have much in common.
They feed and begin storing up honey
to see them through the winter.
Their survival over the winter and
our survival over the winter –
DNA for them and nurture for us.
I let them store up their honey
as I have harvested and have several jars
of liquid gold on the shelves.
When the temperature drops
I will have constructed windbreaks for them.
My yellow stethoscope hangs by the door
to listen to them in the hive
all safe and warm in winter.
I was stung once this spring and used my EpiPen
and took myself to the hospital.
A small price to pay for the saving of the planet.
My bees makes me happy,
traveling with them in my dreams.

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. magicalmysticalteacher
    Sep 25, 2019 @ 13:22:33

    The soup mixture “drowsing in jars” takes me back to the days when I had the time (and a garden) to concoct such winter delights. Thanks for the memories!

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 25, 2019 @ 14:07:41

      I am retired now and have less time than when I worked full time! I still find time to can and make things. I mainly rely on farmer’s markets now for my produce.

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  2. susanstoo
    Sep 25, 2019 @ 15:40:30

    Oh, happiness, knowing your kinship with the bees! I like the parallel industriousness, and love the stethoscope!

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 25, 2019 @ 15:45:16

      I looked allover to find a colored one. I found a yellow one on amazon. This way I can listen to the bees during winter without cracking the hive and letting the cold air in. I have a mouse control on their entry so they can fly sbort distsnces to poop outside and small shallow bowls of sugar water to supplement their feeding.

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  3. Sherry Marr
    Sep 25, 2019 @ 16:55:36

    I love that you listen for their well being through the winter……also love the thought of all those wonderful hearty soups all winter long! I love making soup!

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 25, 2019 @ 16:59:16

      I love making soup too! And bread. My husband loves biscuits with his soup so I make plenty and have them smeared with butter and honey. I love my bees. It was my own fault for getting stung. I was a little sweaty when I went to check on the hive. I was in a hurry. Next time, I will be more careful – white button down clean shirt and me clean as well. I don’[t like my tea or coffee sweet but I love a biscuit with honey.

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  4. sanaarizvi
    Sep 25, 2019 @ 18:50:20

    This is incredibly evocative, Toni! I love the image of “Soup mixture – my favorite –
    tomatoes, butterbeans, and the last of the corn sleepily drowsing in jars ready for winter soups.” 🙂

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  5. Rall
    Sep 25, 2019 @ 21:48:55

    You are like the busy bee storing all your food for winter months.I freeze lots of soups curries and pies for winter. Thankfully we are in Spring and I look forward to Summer soon. It must be age but winters seem to be getting longer

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 25, 2019 @ 21:54:41

      And seem to be coming sooner. I freeze a lot too but if we lose power for a few days then the freezer food thaws. Some foods can better than freeze. I am a busy bee to be sure. I love looking at the jars with their fruits and veggies inside.

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  6. Sumana Roy
    Sep 26, 2019 @ 00:23:12

    This poem is so cozy and full of warmth. My mouth always waters at the very mention of pickle. Your yellow stethoscope is cool & adds a color to the poem. Lovely.

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  7. kim881
    Sep 26, 2019 @ 04:09:19

    I love how you’ve mixed the whimsical with the practical and scientific in this poem, Toni, the picture you paint of the bees in your yard, and the comparison with your own autumn labours. You made my mouth water with the ‘peaches all amber in their jars’ and the bees’ ‘liquid gold’ stored on the shelves. It was interesting to read about the windbreaks and yellow stethoscope.

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  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Sep 26, 2019 @ 04:35:53

    Reading about your bees, your lifestyle and your care for the planet makes me happy!

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  9. oldegg
    Sep 26, 2019 @ 06:48:32

    It is good to hear that you are a happy beekeeper Toni.

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  10. jaerose37
    Sep 26, 2019 @ 07:15:18

    What a wonderful connection with your bees

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  11. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Sep 28, 2019 @ 00:34:29

    “My yellow stethoscope hangs by the door
    to listen to them in the hive…

    interesting bit of detail I never knew. Fascinating poem

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 28, 2019 @ 00:37:15

      This way yiu can listen to them buzzing in the hive without cracking it open and letting in cold air. Bees are cold blooded and will die at about 45F

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