Like Honey Bees

What if I told you
you’d been going about it
all wrong?
Alone, that is.

Would you believe me
if I said that
I’d washed my body
clean of the stick and muck
and this time I was
sure of it?

I will sting you again,
we will sting each other again;
it is what happens
in any unfurling and refolding.

But unlike the yellow jacket,
that repeat offender,
I will not continue to attack.
As slow and sorry as a honey bee,
I will remove my weapon
and be done with it.

I offer this buzzing life
to you in cupped hands.
Will you close your eyes,
put your lips to the sweetness,
and let the hum catch
in your throat
once more?


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