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68Re: [beemonitoring] The Metal Content of Bees

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  • nancy lee adamson
    Mar 13, 2007
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      Thanks, Sam.  That is wild.  I enjoy the poems you include.  Here's one about honey.  Nancy

      Honey by Robert Morgan (1944- )

      Only calmness will reassure
      the bees to let you rob their hoard.
      Any sweat of fear provokes them.
      Approach with confidence, and from
      the side, not shading their entrance.
      And hush smoke gently from the spout
      of the pot of rags, for sparks will
      anger them. If you go near bees
      every day they will know you.
      And never jerk or turn so quick
      you excite them.  If weeds are trimmed
      around the hive they have access
      and feel free. When they taste your smoke
      they fill themselves with honey and
      are laden and lazy as you
      lift the lid to let in daylight.
      No bee full of sweetness wants to
      sting. Resist greed. With the top off
      you touch the fat gold frames, each cell
      a hex perfect as a snowflake,
      a sealed relic of sun and time
      and roots of many acres fixed
      in crystal-tight arrays, in rows
      and lattices of sweeter latin
      from scattered prose of meadow, woods.

      From A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry , edited and with an introduction by Czeslaw Milosz, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

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