Nov/Dec 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 6 Poetry |

Colony Collapse

The honeybees are vanishing from our lives so what troubles us about this dwindling more than another the snow leopard for example prowling the Himalayas soundlessly on its huge paws seems less terrible than this crazed behavior of bees their incoherent dance flying away from the hive in every direction dying alone and dispersed unable to find their way back to the hexed cells the hive glutted with honey we've gathered and mashed the dead bees to a paste testing for pathogens and pesticides it bothers us doesn't it this silence instead of the fervent hum of summer the rotting away of their golden homes

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