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Post  dennis20 on Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:54 pm

Bees-Less

This down-south April
     is a cold and wet one,
          but filled with flowers
 
and bees. I watched
      a hive in an old oak.
             It was succored by
 
purple violets anchored 
      upon a muddy road ditch.
               A steady stream of bees
 
and rain gave inspiration.
      Nature gives the rain and
             sun and may not expect
 
reward, but is rewarded as are
        my eyes.  From mud and ditch
                 to vase and the kitchen table
 
where I can sit at my leisure,
         view what nature provided,
                 my pleasure--without  bees.

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Post  Pat on Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:06 pm

I see this indented more and more:  first time was Mary Oliver.  I enjoy reading her nature poems. I followed your imagery.  Dennis, I'd stay in present tense.  Just more powerful.  You give us the image, but then in stanza 4, you start telling rather than showing.  From the title, I expect cuteness:  Bees-less.  Last stanza:  I would drop can sit to sit.  Roadside flowers without the bees.  : ) Almost like you outfoxed nature and the bees.  I smile.  I notice gave and give in the same stanza.  I wonder if you could drop one stanza by tightening the poem.  Just a thought.  I love roadside flowers.  I pick them, turn them upside down, shake off the spiders and bugs, put them in a container, take them home, and like you-- vase them and love that I'm not fighting the insects for them.  Highly enjoyable that way.  Have you read Billy Collins poem on Roadside Flowers?  Delightful.

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Post  Karen on Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:35 pm

Any poem with violets has my attention.  I agree with Pat on the change from "can sit" to "sit".

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Post  Dewell H. Byrd on Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:23 pm

There is something "flighty" about this descending indentation that fits in with my concept of bees.  In all my 400+ poems I've used this form only once and that was to show rain falling in a mild crosswind.  PAT got it right looking at the guts of this poem.  Best of luck with it.  Dewell

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Post  tsukany on Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:57 am

I love this form.  I noticed it in Mark Doty first.

Bees-Less  (Not sure of the title yet)

This down-south April
is a cold and wet one,
but filled with flowers
 
and bees. I watched (Not sure the narrator is needed)
a hive in an old oak. 
It was succored by (not sure of the conflict within the narrator)
 
purple violets anchored  
upon a muddy road ditch. 
A steady stream of bees 
 
and rain gave inspiration.  (This sentence seems to tell more of the narrator)
Nature gives the rain and
sun and may not expect (I wasn't ready for the personification of the sun)
 
reward, but is rewarded as are (more telling?)
my eyes.  From mud and ditch
to vase and the kitchen table
 
where I can sit at my leisure,
view what nature provided,
my pleasure--without bees.
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Been busy as a snail--thought I would say bee-- fooled you

Post  dennis20 on Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:32 pm

Haven't had time to get back to here.  We are getting ready for Spring Celebration here in Benton.  Wish Dewell and Todd could be here. Am expecting Karen and Pat and we will have a big time.  Thanks guys for all the eyes.  This group is the greatest.  Remember--critic is someone who sees something in your poem you didn't put there. You are the ones who make me a better poet.

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