Beautiful bee poetry, as it turns out, is quite common. Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson both wrote about bees, as did one of my favourite poets, Pablo Neruda. This extract from Gibran was chosen for it’s erotic simplicity. Thanks Ailsa, at Where’s My Backpack, for this week’s theme, Poetry. And thanks Brian and Dianne for your honey.
Extract from Kahlil Gibran’s The 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 bee.
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.