For the Broken-Winged Bee In Search of Its Hive



                                        By Andrew Hidas

Such nobility in its helplessness,
Not desperate, merely determined,
Heeding no other impulse,
Following no other program
But the relentless quest
To rejoin its mates and
Once again serve its queen.

Crossing vast swaths of concrete,
Like a nomad in the Sahara
Shorn of water and shade,
Exposed and alone in the world.

Surely, such an epic endeavor
Deserves no less than a film score
With mournful violins and a cello
Accompanying each tortuous step.

Instead, an audience of two,
The only music our murmurings
Of admiration and lamentation
For this most primitive of struggles
Against the encroaching doom.

We see ourselves, of course,
In the bee’s long journey,
Seeking home and the solace of our tribe,
The temple of our familiars*
Who wait with words of balm.

Approaching the dark exit road,
Facing our own Sahara of non-being,
Will we take that balm with us, content,
Or beat our wings furiously,
Raging at the dying of the light?**

“In my end is my beginning.”***
No bee ever wrote that or
Any other line of a poem,
Poems being a peculiarity
Of memory and reflection,
Hope and fear,
Yearning and blessing,
Absolution and adulation,
All things human and tender
And noble, too, in this
Garden of Eternal Return.



* With apologies & homage to Alice Walker
** And to Dylan Thomas
*** And to T.S. Eliot


I’m regretting now that I cut the video short on this epic journey…


And finally, this…


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4 comments to For the Broken-Winged Bee In Search of Its Hive

  • Julie Johnson  says:

    Good morning, Andrew. The musician in me thanks you for some Richard Thompson, my favorite musician. The biologist in me thanks you for not calling this bee “he.” And the doubtful, questing, hopeful rest of me thanks you for this touching meditation this morning.

    • Andrew Hidas  says:

      It was and always is a pleasure, Julie, all the more so when it strikes a chord with someone else, so I thank you.

      And speaking of chords—oh yes, Richard Thompson! Glad we share that high regard, along with so much else.

  • Al  says:

    So much beauty from you on my iPhone this morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Andrew. And on behalf of the bee, I thank you for being such a worthy witness.

    • Andrew Hidas  says:

      And thanks back to you, Al. I’ve reflected a few times before in this space that probably my favorite Bible passage is the one about not even a sparrow falling without God’s noting it. It serves as a guidepost, I think, for revering the creation and all of its creatures (especially one as hard-working and miraculous as what it takes to make and sustain the life of a worker bee for the few weeks allotted to it). I appreciate you coming along as we ushered this noble being on to its destiny.

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