Ode to Bees

Ode to Bees
Ode to Bees

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.

Bees are attracted to purple and blue flowers. I plant them in profusion.

10 thoughts on “Ode to Bees”

  1. A beautiful poem, Francesca. I love bees and we plant mostly native species in our garden so they have food–apparently not enough for local bees this year. The apiarist from whom I often buy honey told me. It was a bad summer for the garden so am guessing that is why.


  2. Capturing those little devils on camera can be difficult as they are so quick. Lovely photos and verses. Coincidentally, I put a photo of a bee smoker on instagram yesterday. That would slow them down!


  3. I love posts due to which I learn something new, thank you!
    Hope to see you on my blog as well since I just reactivated it after travelling for seven months and there is loads of new content going to come up soon!


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