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“Bee-coursing Box” by Matthew Haughton
poem posted by
Bronson O'Quinn

Bee-Coursing BoxInside I find the shell of a honeybee,
down at the bottom of the box.

He’s thin as my fingernail,
buried in a cup’s worth of flour.

I close my eyes and imagine
the spell lifts –
so this honeybee
can rise
like Snow White
from her apple-bitten sleep.

I follow him, coursing on the back
of his tiny wings
until he finds a hive up in a tree.

I mark the tree and return
year after year;
we grow old
together,
deep into his second life.

But there’s no magic;
his husk stays
just as I found it,

the last taste of honey
becomes something
like a song
or memory
for his shapeless mouth.

Matthew Haughton,
Bee-coursing Box (2011)
Accents Publishing

Matthew HaughtonMatthew Haughton was born in Colorado in 1977. At an early age, his family returned to eastern Kentucky, where his lineage stretches back over a century in the region. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. Most recently, he was a finalist in the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning’s Next Great Writer Competition. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines such as Kentucky MonthlyStill: The Journal, and The Heartland Review. This is his first published collection of poems. He lives and works as an artist and educator in Lexington Kentucky.

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