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Queen's Bees

Queen’s Bees

In Elizabethan times, it was considered lucky to tell bees gossip otherwise they would leave.

The Queen told the bees
it was Henry VIII she mourned.
Grieving, they swarmed.

The Queen told the bees
of the axe at the throat of her mother.
They swooned in the clover.

The Queen told the bees
there was no man living she’d love.
Smitten, they buzzed.

The Queen told the bees
the names of those sent to the tower.
They prayed at their flowers.

The Queen told the bees
of the rack, the thumbscrew, the whip.
Frenzied, they sipped.

The Queen told the bees
that the head of Queen Mary had fallen.
They cheered and huzzahed in the pollen.