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  • Print publication year: 2016
  • Online publication date: August 2017


from The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins


When pulling poison ivy, partway through

a day in May, the morning middling warm,

I stood to find myself inside a swarm

of honeybees, the ones I'd spoken to

when I'd pass by the sassafras. Although

they buzzed and circled, I felt no alarm

for me, but reverie: for me, in form

the dying sassafras, the bees for you.

I've watched the notch, the twin trunk at fork's cleft

and worried what great split from storm or wind

might rive the hive, leave me forlorn, bereft,

until I saw remaining bees attend.

No sting so fierce as my first fear they'd left,

I'd seen a new-formed swarming queen ascend.

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The World is Charged
  • Online ISBN: 9781942954309
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