Thursday, December 20, 2007

ode to the bee on the bus

We doubted the boy who said you were there
Flying and buzzing around our close air.
"It's winter," we said, "it's too cold
for bees to be out & about; that's bold."

But lo, we saw your noble wings aflutter
while your legs slipped on the window like butter.
We all rallied to dry the misty glass
so you could climb & get out, but alas -

The bus quick-bumped and you tumbled down
then sped high, confused, and meandered around.
Across the aisle you flew in haste
to another window, no time to waste.

Those sitting there were scared by you;
they panicked and flailed, unsure what to do.
Before we could advise they grabbed a sack
and took your life with an ignoble THWACK.

This crude work inspired by the true events of this morning's field trip to a retirement center with my 7-year old daughter. She cried all the way back to school after this tragedy. RIP, courageous winter bee.


Anonymous said...

You need to take this to your poetry class and show your students your mad skills.

Thanks for comforting The Girl.


Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

My poem would have a different slant, if Zack was on the bus.

What rhymes with shriek?


I didn't know you had a field trip too. Busy day...

Linda said...

Wow, a winter bee, no, more than that a heroic winter bee! Immortalized in Homeric style. Great poem! That was fun to read!

Mrs. G. said...

Me think there's nothing lovelier to see than a mommy trying to ease her daughter's pain over the tragic loss of a little ole bee.

stephanie said...

Husband: It's sweet how you think this represents my mad skills...But I was happy to comfort our girl; everyone's lucky I didn't take out the bee killer.

Lisa: Ohhh, that would have been far sadder...("Freak?" "Manic?")

Linda: A comparison to Homer? Wow. Maybe I will take this to school and show it off.

Mrs. G: Thank you for the kind thoughts - it was one of those hard lesson moments.

Suzanne said...

So scarring, these moments. Hope she recovers quickly.

That's a fine piece of poetry.


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