We are small and we are feared
We don’t know exactly why…
But knowing the world without all of us
Would soon be prone to die.
We are a female society
Our males are there for play
They’re only used at certain times
And then they pass away.
We are working, flying, every day
Collecting what we need.
We’re protecting our home as guards
Every one of us does her deed.
We fly close and far, for what we collect
We clean and raise our kids
We fly out, collect, and transport our fuel
on our hind legs with sense and wits.
We communicate to let us know
Where danger is and not
And we use our wings to cool our home
When it’s humid out and hot.
Our work helps the earth and spread pollen
Of trees, and flowers too.
You better take good care of us
And honor us, and woo.
We wear a hairy top and a striped back
Transparent wings, can you see?
And as you might have guessed by now
Each one of us is a honey bee!
(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, September 2022)