Respect of Honey

You say
bees spent much effort
to make this honey,
so we need to respect it:
bud growing
blossom’s joyful weeping
over the wonder
of being alive
bee’s delicate drinking
of the flower’s tears
while the bee humming-whispers,
“I’ll treat this with love,
my friend”
sharing nectar
with another bee
at the hive
placing it in the comb
and whipping their bee wings
to create a gentle whirlwind
that removes moisture
and thickens the nectar
into honey.
So we should
whisper “thanks”
to the bees
while drizzling
honey on toast
or whatever else
suits your fancy.

copyright © 2021 Dave Williams

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