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APED: "hive"

March 27th, 2009 (10:17 pm)

persephone_kore requested a poem about honeybees.

Deep within the buzzing hive,
strangers pass and never meet,
working, so the whole will thrive,
and grow -- a most accomplished feat,
in which the workers take no pride,
as they work without an end --
together, daily, side by side,
and yet to never know a friend.

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Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: March 28th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)

For some weird reason this reminds me of something Frank Key over at Hooting Yard would write. I can totally hear this in his voice.

http://www.hootingyard.org/

Posted by: Persephone (persephone_kore)
Posted at: March 28th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)

Heh... Thanks. :)

Edited to add ramble:
The loneliness in a crowd, cog-in-machine depiction is pretty apt from one side of things. Honeybees are not, after all, individualistic critters; they exist to serve the hive much as a cell exists to serve the body. They literally work themselves to death; a worker bee goes through several jobs in her life, and the last one is foraging. Between predation and weather, this is pretty hazardous already, and maybe outdoes guard duty... and if she survives everything else, she'll fly until her wings fray too much to support her, and then try to walk home. The average lifespan actually goes up in winter. For workers. The drones get booted out to starve.

Anyway, I'm not sure if it would tilt you toward a warmer depiction, or just make this one creepier, or at least weirder, to consider that the process by which the workers work together and recognize one another as part of the hive and communicate is actually very touchy-feely. It involves involves a lot of smelling, patting with sensory organs, dancing, and... sorta... kissing with tongue. Oh, and they're all sisters. And aunts. Mostly.

Actually putting it that way may get into OH JOHN RINGO NO territory... except I'm not sure John Ringo would be able to get too excited about honeybee sexual practices....

Edited at 2009-03-28 03:11 am (UTC)

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