Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"The Bee Carol" by Carol Ann Duffy



Silently on Christmas Eve,
the turn of midnight’s key;
all the garden locked in ice —
a silver frieze —
except the winter cluster of the bees.

Flightless now and shivering,
around their Queen they cling;
every bee a gift of heat;
she will not freeze 
within the winter cluster of the bees. 

Bring me for my Christmas gift
a single golden jar;
let me taste the sweetness there,
but honey leave 
to feed the winter cluster of the bees. 

Come with me on Christmas Eve
to see the silent hive —
trembling stars cloistered above —
and then believe, 
bless the winter cluster of the bees. 


"The Bee Carol" by Carol Ann Duffy from The Bees. © Faber & Faber, Inc., 2011.

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