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Wagging in the afternoon – /
skating in the pink – /
black and golden fuzzy threads /
dress our girls who drink. /

Waxy sedum: opportune /
place for bees to sink.  /
Watching buzzing flower beds – /
tired, my sore eyes wink.  //

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The bees love the sedum that grows in the backyard.  Truthfully, I never liked this plant until I moved to our new house and saw how much the bees love to work in it.

For the next two weeks (at least) we’ll need to walk *around* these plants, avoiding the little sidewalk that goes between the sedum and the second, nearby flowerbed.  So many bees!  Big bees, little bees, black bees, yellow bees.  Very much like a Doctor Seuss book!   (One bee, two bees, mad bees, sting bees.)

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Want to know what kind of bees you have?  Check here.   I think my bee is the Bombus impatiens.

This poem is an example of the 7/5 Trochee.  The 7/5 Trochee was created by Andrea Dietrich.  It consists of 2 or more stanzas with a syllable count of 7/5/7/5.  The rhyme is a/b/c/b or a/b/a/b.   The meter is trochaic; that means there are alternating stressed and unstressed beats in each line.   Each line will begin AND end with a stressed syllable.

I find this to be a fun little form to play with!

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18 thoughts on “Our Girls Who Drink

  1. In the post that led me here you describe this poem as “a bit silly, perhaps” but really “Wagging in the afternoon / skating in the pink” is a great way to capture the bee’s movement.

    And I also love the phrase “our girls who drink.” It’s always so enjoyable to read another instance of your affinity for the little critters 🙂

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    • Thanks so much 🙂
      They’re amazing to watch, aren’t they? And darn hard to describe too — skating on pink ice just sort of came to mind. Guess the poem isn’t so much “silly” as “lighthearted”. I feel happy after watching them.
      I’m glad you liked it 😀

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      • They certainly are fascinating to watch. I get quite a lot of bees. I’ve also been watching dragonflies lately (who I see get a mention in your latest post) – from the ground they’re hard to follow because they move too fast and stay quite high but from my bedroom window you can watch them whizzing by on patrol…

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  4. this is beeeeautiful:) i personally think the fuzzy bees are the cutest. i just really want to pet their fuzzy little butts;) BUT (pardon the pun) I am allergic to bees, so this will never happen!

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    • There should be a bee allergy shot! But…the bees get the worst of the situation if they sting. Well, the bombus variety … not yellow jackets or wasps. They can sting all day. They’re not cute though. But I’m rambling. Saw on one of the bee ID sites that you should watch for a raised leg … that means they’re alarmed. No kidding.

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    • My parents had me clean up the dropped apples and peaches at my childhood house. I learned how to act around them. Caution, respect, and no sudden movements! I swore I’d never make my kid(s) do that, though!

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