Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: About Bees is What I Say Aloud When You Ask What I'm Thinking
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Here’s a poem for June by Kimberly Cloutier Green of Kittery. Inspired by bees that are “besotted” by apple nectar, the poem describes a lover’s intoxication.
About Bees is What I Say Aloud When You Ask What I’m Thinking by Kimberly Cloutier Green
Watching bees plunge into sunlit blossoms and stagger back besotted by the apple nectar on their tongues, I feel their hunger as mine—the longing to linger awhile as though winged, looped in this daze of pink light, confusing morning for a flower, all my drowsy preparations of our toast and tea a slow, zigzagging industry,then sharing my stores of gathered sweetness with you in a rapture of emptying, each turn I make in my dance timed for the signal flashes of gold dust on my feet on my hands on your face.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2013 Kimberly Cloutier Green. Reprinted from The Next Hunger, Bauhan Publishing, 2013, by permission of Kimberly Cloutier Green. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.