Sunday, June 7, 2015

the carpenter bee

the carpenter bee
is the largest bee i know
everything about it
is heavy
there is weight
in the deep black of its body
in the sound of its droning flight
and the way its glossy, metallic abdomen
seems to pull downward
against its powerful wings
as it busies itself amongst
the graceful flower stalks of the plantain
each bowing under its weight
nodding toward the ground
as it circles the cylindrical blossoms
raising a cloud of pollen
the flexible stalks gently springing upward
as it hefts itself off
to visit the next flower