Ode to the Japanese Honeybee

A poem by Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

By Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

September 26, 2021

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello smiles at the camera. Cancio-Bello has short, dark cropped hair and is wearing a black long-sleeved shirt.

Photo by Margarita Corporan


may victory be yours
against every venomous stinger
preying on your colonies
you require a different strategy

if you can't penetrate
then swarm and flex
trap the giant and
bake the hornet alive

to keep your honey sweet

in the wars you wage
against the murder hornet
two inches of havoc
regulated by your unique brain

the exoskeleton
those vibrating flight muscles
create enough friction
in your hot defensive bee ball

may your celsius rise