Spring 1998 • Vol. XX No. 2 Poetry |

The Death of the Bee

The death of wild bee populations has become widespread. . .                     NEWS REPORT The biography of the bee is written in honey and is drawing to a close. Soon the buzzing plainchant of summer will be silenced for good; the flowers, unkindled will blaze one last time and go out. And the boy nursing his stung ankle this morning will look back at his brief tears with something like regret, remembering the amber taste of honey.

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Linda Pastan is the author of numerous books of poetry including Traveling Light (Norton & Co, 2011). Her fourteenth collection, Insomnia, is forthcoming. She has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award, and in 2003 she won the Ruth Lilly prize for lifetime achievement.

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