Like Honey Bees

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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?

(2019)

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