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Beth Copeland: Good Intentions

It’s not the bee’s fault, Daddy says, pulling

the stinger


from the tender flesh of my inner arm. Look, 

it’s dead. It didn’t


mean any harm. The honeybee,

no bigger than a pumpkin


seed in his palm, its striped

torso of topaz


and gold like a Phoenician

bead. But I didn’t mean


to kill it. I didn’t

even see it until


it stung. Bees hover

above dandelion


suns and buzz from purple clover

to hive. I will love


and be loved, sting and be

stung. No one


gets out



Copyright 2018 Beth Copeland

Beth Copeland’s most recent collection is Blue Honey published by Broadkill River Press.

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