The Going Rate

Maybe I am a tribe
of bees,

solitary, but talking nonetheless.

Is it an antitrust violation
to discuss
the price of pollination,

the going rate, flower to flower,
of transferring the dust
that starts the world

Today’s prompt at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads was to think about what poetic voices we draw from. I thought about how I’ve written before in the persona of a solitary bee (probably more than once).



14 thoughts on “The Going Rate

  1. elleceef says:

    I, too, love bees. I welcome them to my garden. “The price of pollination” I cannot answer that but you have posed the question beautifully,,

  2. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    “the dust / that starts the world / again” – true of pollen and poetry. This is a lovely conceit, and I too am very fond of bees and think we should be taking very good care of them. (As we should of our poets.)

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