tree bumble bee
An old beekeeper told me
about the Waggle Dance -
the shaking and stepping moves
bees make to map out
where honey can be found.
dance longer - the honey is further
dance head up - fly towards the sun
The old beekeeper told me
different species of bees
can learn each others dances
but, he said
they're all getting tired
as each year they need to dance for longer.
An old poem originally posted in June 2008 for the Storytelling theme for the now defunct Read Write Poem.
Reposted now as it was recently World Bee Day.
Find out more about the UK's bees at the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust
Meanwhile over on my Shapeshifting Green blog I've also reposted an old poem, you can read it here.
I've illustrated the poem with a tree bumble bee as I don't have any good recent photos of honey bees, but bumble bees also do a form of waggle dance