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QUEEN BEE

A Tribute to Bea George Who for 28 Years
 Has Helped To Keep This Hive Together


   Hives can be such disputatious places,
                the angry buzzing
        heard for miles it seems, about
who found the

         flowers first, and what the finest
flowers are, and the best way to get
                there, whether through forest or
fields. But every hive

    needs order, like making certain
the combs get built and the
        honey comes
in.  And so every hive,

    even the buzziest, has its
               Queen Bee who decides
  what’s what, and when’s
                    when, and who does what
when. This hive has

          survived, the combs fairly
dripping with honey, as the
          Queen now flies off, perhaps to
start a new hive of sorts,

       and the drone of the
hive rises to a grand
        finale of buzzing, as if
                  to say one last time,
“Long Live the Queen!”
                           –and thank you.

June 7, 2001

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