Poet Jeffery Beam

Ars Poetica: The Queen

In collaboration with my others
I build this hive. As I am
Goddess, this, then, is my cathedral.
Built of wax and lives. Of light
and honey.
It grows around me.

My first sensation
was of yellow: a hum
forcing my skin to see.
Since then I have sung
the praises of this operation.
And counted the mysteries.
Storing my drooly jewels.

From The Fountain, 1992, North Carolina Wesleyan College Press.

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