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Colony Collapse Disaster

From: Appalachian Heritage
Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2014
p. 56 | 10.1353/aph.2014.0036

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The venom, he believed, was good for the heart.
Like some strange astronaut crossing the yard,
he confessed to the bees: the happiness of his
marriage, enabling his son’s alcoholism, the man
he shot in World War II, the almanac’s weather.

The cause never matters, but the absence does:
snaggle-toothed children on post office posters,
Bermuda Triangle boats and planes, an aging woman’s
hope to conceive, whole colonies of bees can vanish.

As a child Everette was taught to sprinkle
bees with flour and then follow the ghost trail
to the hive. Now would the path stop mid-field?

It wasn’t exactly his heart, but the anti-arrhythmia drugs
that drowned the hive of his lungs. Two years after,
I open the last jar of honey my grandfather put up.
A sweetness that aches astounds me. Papery bits of comb
stick to my teeth like what I still can’t speak of.

Rachel Morgan  

Rachel Morgan is the Assistant Poetry Editor for the North American Review and teaches creative writing at the University of Northern Iowa. She co-edited Fire Under the Moon: An Anthology of Contemporary Slovene Poetry (Black Dirt Press). Recently her work appears or is forthcoming in Fence, Denver Quarterly, Barely South, Volt, Hunger Mountain, South85, and DIAGRAM.

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Morgan, R.(2014). Colony Collapse Disaster. Appalachian Heritage 42(2), 56. The University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved July 12, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
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