Work in Progress: Swarm

31 Oct

Here’s a brand-new poem. I love it when friends “assign” me an idea for a poem. Keep them coming.


For Ja’net

The girl’s vacant hands
beat the air, the stick thrown down,
stolid instrument to her impulse

to thump and rattle, thrash and shake.
The bees had their own music,
the dry husk rattle of the thousands

pouring out, their intent bodies
ululating a high-pitched warrior
cry. They descended, an angry mass.

They found purchase on lips
and eyelids, the delicate skin
between the girl’s shirt and pants.

She crushed them as she fell,
lumpen and dark-throated,
into the spoiling leaves.


2 Responses to “Work in Progress: Swarm”

  1. Liz November 16, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    Good grief, that’s fantastic.

    • jhointhecity November 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      Thank you!! Love and appreciate the encouragement.

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