Treasure Island

Julia Ward Howe

(1819 - 1910 / United States)

The Bee's Song


Do not tie my wings,
Says the honey-bee;
Do not bind my wings,
Leave them glad and free.
If I fly abroad,
If I keep afar,
Humming all the day,
Where wild blossoms are,
'Tis to bring you sweets,
Rich as summer joy,
Clear--as gold and glass;
The divinest toy
That the god's have left,
Is the pretty hive,
Where a maiden reigns,
And the busy thrive.

If you bar my way,
Your delight is gone,
No more honey-gems;
From the heather borne;
No more tiny thefts,
From your neighbor's rose,
Who were glad to guess
Where its sweetness goes.

Let the man of arts
Ply his plane and glass;
Let the vapors rise,
Let the liquor pass;
Let the dusky slave
Till the southern fields;
Not the task of both
Such a treasure yields;
Honey, Pan ordained,
Food for gods and men,
Only in my way
Shall you store again.

Leave me to my will
While the bright days glow,
While the sleepy flowers
Quicken as I go.
When the pretty ones
Look to me no more,
Dead, beneath your feet,
Crushed and dabbled o'er;
In my narrow cell
I will fold my wing;
Sink in dark and chill,
A forgotten thing.

Can you read the song
Of the suppliant bee?
'Tis a poet's soul,
Asking liberty.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Bee's Song by Julia Ward Howe )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Alesha the Cat, Steve Kittell
  2. Heart Broke, Vijaya mam
  3. Perhaps I'll See You, Abu Tammam
  4. A Back Seat, Elia Michael
  5. Love shall stand, hasmukh amathalal
  6. Female Author, Sylvia Plath
  7. Dirge For A Joker, Sylvia Plath
  8. The Babysitters, Sylvia Plath
  9. The Beekeeper's Daughter, Sylvia Plath
  10. Bluebeard, Sylvia Plath

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Louis Stevenson

AT last she comes, O never more
In this dear patience of my pain
To leave me lonely as before,
Or leave my soul alone again.... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

Trend Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. At Last She Comes, Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. Dreams, Langston Hughes

Trend Poets

[Hata Bildir]