#morning with the god & goddess
Morning glories, pale as a mist drying,
fade from the heat of the day, but already
hunchback bees in pirate pants and with peg-leg
hooks have found and are boarding them.
This could do for the sack of the imaginary
fleet. The raiders loot the galleons even as they
one by one vanish and leave still real
only what has been snatched out of the spell.
I’ve never seen bees more purposeful except
when the hive is threatened. They know
the good of it must be grabbed and hauled
before the whole feast wisps off.
They swarm in light and, fast, dive in,
then drone out, slow, their pantaloons heavy
with gold and sunlight. The line of them,
like thin smoke, wafts over the hedge.
And back again to find the fleet gone.
Well, they got this day’s good of it. Off
they cruise to what stays open longer.
Nothing green gives honey. And by now
you’d have to look twice to see more than green
where all those white sails trembled
when the world was misty and open
and the prize was there to be taken.
- John Ciardi
“Bees and Morning Glories” by John Ciardi, from The Collected Poems of John Ciardi. © The University of Arkansas Press, 1997. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)
© Andrew McConnell.
June 18th at The Half King join Andrew and the International Rescue Committee for a short film and slideshow from “Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees.” The event starts at 6:30 and will change your notions not only of refugees but of the people you live amidst in NYC.
Andrew documented this new reality for refugees in eight cities across four continents. He will discuss how the project was conceived and share insights into the lives of those fleeing conflict and disaster.
p.s. Andrew’s “Ghosts of the Sahara” at The Half King back in April 2011 was our best-selling show and the pictures in “Hidden Lives” are equally stunning in how they present a basic concept: that individual people, caught up in the isolating forces of history, possess enormous dignity and strength. Please RSVP by June 14 to: Events@Rescue.org or call 888 364 5975.