Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Bee's Romance

He flew courageously
around the feast
meticulous in his task
persistently coming back.
with each swish of 
my hand, he would dodge
and soon return to land
on my plate to steal a 
piece for his own.
I watched intrigued
as he gathered
a small bit of 
tomato with his claws
and tucked it securely
in his jaws.
Off he flew 
and I could only 
imagine he was taking 
the prize to his queen.
Returning for seconds
this time gathering
a small broccoli
floret and tucking it
away, flying away to 
the receiver of his gift.
making a final attempt
he snagged a 
piece of cheese
as my salad disappeared
before my eyes.
What a romantic
display of loyalty and
affection I was privy to 
witness as a little
yellow jacket risked
life and wing
to take a few treasures
to his queen.
** I found this beautiful photo on  

**At lunch during work today, we ate outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.  I had a yellow jacket companion who had the same idea.  I had no idea bees were interested in human food, but he stole right from my plate three times-he even nibble on my leftover chicken breast-as I was watching.  Each time flying off with his prize only to return for more...that's bravery.  His hive's honey may be tasting a little tomato-ey this year.  He's lucky it was my plate he gathered from; I'm afraid anyone else might have ended his thieving days.  

**this is a post for One Shot Wednesday.  Visit here to post some of your own creativity and read some other fantastic pieces.  It's a great place to go for community and encouragement.  


  1. smiles. perhaps there is something to be learned from the yellow jacket...but if you would ask him to stay away from my food nice one shot!

  2. That is just the most delightful thing I've read in donkey yonks. I am smiling away over here!

  3. That was fun, but I gotta say... yellow jackets are terrifying. I wouldn't stay around to watch it take the second gift. It might be me.

  4. This is quite lovely.
    It reminds me of a poem I wrote called The Fly, but your piece is much more beautiful.

  5. this was beautiful - such a brave heart and taking such risks to be able to take the treasures to his queen - you should have handed him a little flower in the end so he could fully win her heart..

  6. hehe :) this was really a different unique take for sure! perhaps, it was an attempt to woo his Queen with something other than honey ;) nice one, Caty!

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  7. Your blog is rich and beautiful, like the writer it must be! Nice 55, rhyming even1
    My scary 55 is HERE
    looking forward to more of your writing!

  8. Lovely observational verse! I've read a few things on your page and enjoyed my time here.


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