Tanka: Earth

For Frank Tassone’s Earth Day haikai challenge



blue green as rushy water

earth spins mountain chains

while in this field

I watch the bees die

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

27 thoughts on “Tanka: Earth”

  1. I’ve actually read that there are many urban bee keeper programs. In an attempt to bring back the bees. If I were not allergic to their stings… I might have considered a hive at the far end of my yard. I also remember seeing a hive/ or at least what was left of the box on the top of a NYC building (from our hotel window…) – might just have been inactive because it was cold?

    One of our friends used to have several hives. They do take quite a bit of work to maintain. Not all bees make honey though. I have carpenter bees in my yard. And I do see them, bees and other insects at my butterfly bush and other flowering plants.

    1. True, there is a movement to encourage people to keep a hive or two. The problem is with the companies like Monsanto who are still allowed to sell poisons, with the farmers who are still allowed (and insist on their right) to use them. A few people trying to nurture a few bees is a drop in the ocean.

      1. Just came back from a walk; saw a small white butterfly and some kine of small wasp. Though with the hyacinths now in bloom and perfuming the air maybe I’ll see some bees?

      2. I just saw a carpenter bee… no honey – but at least he’s a bee.
        Yep. There are limits to coping. Learning how to say ‘No’ or ‘No Thanks…” can be hard. But it makes life a bit more pleasant not to be on several other committees or commitments.

        I do what I can for recycling. Hard to use less electricity, when that’s all you have as a utility service. But I try that too -by hang drying some clothing, even in the winter on inside racks.

      3. The way we live would be considered pretty primitive by most people so I don’t feel too guilty about my ecological footprint. As you say, we do our bit. If everybody did, it would make a big difference.

    1. Thank you! Maybe we will get some bees. We’re going great guns with reclaiming a small corner of the field though maybe putting bee hives in the tame part wouldn’t be such a good idea.
      Library honey (not) made by book worms ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. The states and local municipalities are doing the best they can to counter Trump and his climate-deniers. It will take many years to undo his toxic legacy.

      2. I’d like to see some restrictive legislation on the killer products, but nobody will tackle either the big chemical companies or the agribusiness lobby.

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