‘In an Unfinished Honeycomb: An Old Story’ and Other Poetry by Barbara Bates The Society December 7, 2016 Beauty, Human Rights in China, Poetry 2 Comments In an Unfinished Honeycomb: An Old Story As lichen on a rock expands, so you grow in love on the lap of your mother until — smothering her presence you burst aglow into green adolescence. Seldom still, you run before the bulls, climb peaks, favor dreams to feed your striving. Oh saboteur of mild, homespun days! Consider the core work of bees, how they nourish our lusting yet protect our prey. Just as dying leaves feed the bulbs of flowers long past their bloom, the humble bee waxes the circle, relieves prodigals with salving honey, importunes the queen who fills wellsprings with the only breath that can move her wings. On Looking into Post-Modern China After Reading Keats’ Ode on Melancholy On the Delta, a constant din — hammer on metal, hacksaw on iron. Bare feet in oil, children haul black gold from tankers, odor of naphthol. Our guide protests my camera. I assure him of its filter: coal pyramids will become kings’ tombs, gray smog, storm on the horizon. On the Yangtze, eight hundred thousand people with pick ax and shovel are burying their homes. An old woman sews. She sits on her stoop pulling thread through cloth while the river coups her feet, lap, hand holding the needle. Ah . . Beauty that must die, In this fevered war against your return, why hasten so your demise? Related Post ‘Letting Go’ by Michael Glassman The birch, the elm, the aging spruce Cannot restrain the restless roots Of saplings drawn to the silent sound Of brother’s heading skywar... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 2 Responses G. M. H. Thompson December 7, 2016 I like “On Looking into Post-Modern China” quite a bit– it is very well executed free verse. Contrary to popular opinion, sonnets don’t actually have to have rigid meter, although they, on average, fare better when they do. Your poem demonstrates that free verse sonnets can be as expressive and interesting than their more popular formalist cousins. And I also like the rich industrial imagery employed. Very well done. Reply Ruth December 9, 2016 Interesting reading, with a potent elegiac atmosphere. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.