Go tell the bees that she is gone

The royal beekeeper takes on the task
after the monarch has passed—donning

his white suit, the hat and veil, traveling
to each hive to tie black bows on the towering

palaces, home to tens of thousands of bees,
informing them their queen has died—

not the winged one in their hive,
but the woman they have never met.

He urges the bees to be good to the new ruler,
to remain in the hive, to continue their work,

to produce honey until death claims them.
He whispers to them the traditional words,

“The mistress is dead, but don’t you go.
Your new master will be a good master to you,”

offering a prayer, trusting that word will be passed
from bee to bee to bee, a million times over.

for John Chappie, royal beekeeper

John Chappie, royal beekeeper

About janishaag

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4 Responses to Go tell the bees that she is gone

  1. Dick Tracy says:

    Charming. But..did she mention me in her will?

  2. Wonderful, Jan! To tie black bows on the towering palaces—love it and much more and the photo of the bee king 😊

  3. Donna Just says:


    Well done you!


  4. Cora Johnson says:

    This is wonderful! It never occurred to me that there might be a royal bee keeper.

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