It’s time for another Inkling challenge. This month, Margaret challenged us to “Choose a quote that speaks to you. Write a poem that responds to the quote. The words can be used as a golden shovel or throughout the poem or as an epigraph.”
Where to begin? I have been collecting quotes for over forty years. They are jotted on legal pads, scribbled in notebooks, carefully copied onto pretty paper. Finally, I opened to a random page in my current notebook. This is what I found:
“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.”
That narrows it right down, doesn’t it? Coincidentally, sitting on my desk is a layer from a wasp nest that fell from a tree during a recent storm.
Those perfect little hexagons got me thinking…
How did the humble honeybee
learn Euclidean geometry?
Without blueprints, with nothing drawn,
they build a home of hexagons.
Mixing pollen, resin, oil,
day after day, worker bees toil.
Using their bodies, they mark and measure
every cell to house their treasure,
Liquid treasure, golden and sweet.
Treasure they share, a delectable treat!
Draft, © Catherine Flynn, 2022
Please buzz on over to visit my fellow Inklings to see how they responded to Margaret’s challenge:
Then stop by Kat Apel’s blog, Kat Whiskers, for the Poetry Friday Roundup.