Two Poems for World Bee Day

Flowers For Socrates

We are bees, and our body is a honeycomb.
We made the body, cell by cell we made it.

– Rumi (1207-1273)


Today is World Bee Day.  On this day in 1734, Anton Janša was born in Carniola (now part of Slovenia). He was a painter, author, and a pioneer in beekeeping, who wrote A Full guide to Beekeeping and Discussion on Beekeeping 

There is an ongoing global decline in honeybees. I was going to begin with a round-up of the facts and statistics on this crisis, but they depressed me so much, I decided no one should have to start their Monday morning reading them.

So let’s just celebrate all 20,000 species of bees, even though most of them don’t make honey, or dance. In the U.S. alone, there are over 4,000 species of native bees, but the western honey bee (Apis mellifera) is an immigrant from…

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