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  • Writer's pictureLisa Brosky

Ode to a blue bee

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Emily Dickinson is said to have written more than 100 poems about or mentioning bees, including this charmer:

To Make a Prairie

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee. And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.

But never once did she discuss bees of blue. Like Ms. Dickinson, few know that not all bees are black and yellow, cute as they are with their legs packed with yellow pollen.

Nevertheless, they are there, in various and sometimes vibrant shades of blue, pollinating with the rest.

The Blue Orchard Bee (Osmia calaminthae) is one. Although rare and once thought to be extinct, it can be found in Florida and elsewhere. The metallic navy buzzer is known for collecting pollen by bopping its head up and down, where the pollen collects onto the

bee’s facial hairs.

They are solitary creatures, just out there doing their thing, moving from flower to flower, with pollen faces.

When I wanted a fun name for my writing and editing business, it didn’t take me long to land on the idea of a bee. I love the little guys, perhaps from years of gardening, and have some clever artwork here and there that feature bees.

When I happened upon a blue bee, it seemed perfect. It doesn’t run with other bees; it has its own special gig. It makes a difference. It stands apart.

So Blue Bee Communications came about. (You thought I would say “to be!”)

One last thought from Emily Dickinson.

The Bee

Like trains of cars on tracks of plush

I hear the level bee:

A jar across the flowers goes,

Their velvet masonry

Withstands until the sweet assault

Their chivalry consumes,

While he, victorious, tilts away

To vanquish other blooms.

His feet are shod with gauze,

His helmet is of gold;

His breast, a single onyx

With chrysoprase, inlaid.

His labor is a chant,

His idleness a tune;

Oh, for a bee's experience

Of clovers and of noon!

1 comentário

Bruce Frost
Bruce Frost
05 de ago. de 2023

I love it!

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