Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "The Bee" by Emily Dickinson



The Bee


Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry

Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.

His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.

His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee's experience
Of clovers and of noon!


--Emily Dickinson



33 comments:

Mr. Stupid said...

Lovely writing. Maybe, the Helmet is compulsory when they fly...:)
Bees scare me a lot!

Madi and Mom said...

Hi BB
Thank you for the lovely poem to start off the work week.
Madi and Mom

Joe Cap said...

I love the bee!

Feeling Just Right said...

What wording!

I like the "His labor is a chant" part. I want to say, let us exchange labor for a day, dear bee.

Old Kitty said...

Oh no - where are you clothes pins?? :-) But the windmill roundy thingy is just as lovely!

Oh now from a mistress of poetry!!! You can't beat
"His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid"

Can you really?!!?!? Amazing, amazing lovely poem!

Thank you! Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't think I've ever read that one.

Marlene said...

Beautiful poem.

You know what's sad? I don't even remember the last time I saw a BEE!!!

It's always yellowjackets, wasps, hornets and other monsters. What happened to all the bees?

slommler said...

Beautiful poem!! And the bees have been under attack by a virulent virus over the last few years and have been dying in record numbers. Bees are becoming endangered species and that is a real shame.
Hugs
SueAnn

Pat Tillett said...

Nice photo and poem! I'm thinking the helmet may be an OSHA requirement. nah, probably not in the day of Ms Dickinson...

Tale of Two Cities said...

That's one amazing bee--stopping in mid flight to pose for you! Loved the poem and don't think I had ever read that one.

Happy June,
Debi

TS Hendrik said...

Great poem and a very lovely picture. I love bees. My grandfather used to do the bee keeper thing. Funny looking suit and all. Such beautiful creatures.

The Empress said...

I have seen only ONE bee since the weather turned. Only one, the rest are all the mud wasps and robber hornets.

But no lovely cumbersome bees. Who are not even supposed to be able to fly.

Lovely poem. Thank you.

Brian Miller said...

ah, a beautiful poem...we went and watched the bees at the nature preserve the other day...might be why i cant stop humming...

blueviolet said...

I've never thought of a bee as a lovely thing until I read this poem. :)

Writing Without Periods! said...

The genius of E.D. always amazes me. Thanks for reminding me how much I love her.
Mary

Kim Murray said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem.

Ms. Anthropy said...

We're finally starting to see a few. I was beginning to wonder.

Ann said...

Puts bees in a whole new perspective. Still don't like them swarming around me though :) Lovely poem.

connie_anna said...

I love Emily Dickinson.

Sadako said...

Great poem. And great picture. Thanks for posting it.

Copyboy said...

Leave to Emily to make something I'm allergic to seem so majestic.

Cheeseboy said...

Perfect. Puts the ideal bee colors right into my mind.

Aging Mommy said...

Happy Tuesday Betty! I'm just hoping we don't get invaded by the carpenter variety yet again this summer! The hornets are already here, building their honeycomb nests so I expect the bees will be next!

Rene said...

I love Emily...however bees still scare me! However, they are cool creatures and probably one of the few creatures that make something for us to enjoy....honey!

Alissa said...

Thank you for this picture and poem. I keep hearing of more and more people who are getting into bee keeping. So perhaps there is hope for the struggling bee.

DrSoosie said...

Betty...Rene is actually me. I was at my Encino office where I rent space once a week and I signed in on the wrong account!

Susie

faye said...

Lovely poem to start another workweek... busy bees .

Kazzy said...

It is totally bee season! Cute poem and great photo.

Cindi aka Ericksoc said...

Lovely poem - thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Whatever would we do without the bee?

YogaforCynics said...

Emily Dickinson...along with Walt Whitman one of the two people who define American poetry...but I'd probably rather be a bee than either of them...

Holly Renee said...

Did you know I love bees? Mostly bumblebees. They are so cool. I love that you posted this poem!

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

Beautiful picture and beautiful poetry!