Monday, 11 of December of 2017

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Annie Boutelle – The Rapture of Bees

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Suddenly absent, vamoosed, as if
Beesthey’d never been, never spiraled

in air, nor clung to each other
through frozen dark, nor filled

the hive with their million lithe
bodies, packed shelves of wax

and gold, and all that honeyed buzz.
like a child in a bed in Portugal, just

not there—only space in her stead.
Or hair in coils on the barber’s floor,

the neck abandoned and chill. Or
the breast with the other discarded

body parts, somewhere in a hospital
basement and only the stitches to show

where it was. How not envy
the bees? So fierce and uprush, it

can’t be resisted, that soaring in air
to meet whoever is coming, the cell-

phone tower bristling with urgent
messages about the time, the place.

and the fake plastic branches are
arms that sweep them in, not one left,

and death is simple—just being where
the others are, a trembling vibration.

Chinua Achebe – Benin Road


Things Fall Apart was published in 1958. It was an English-language novel by Chinua Achebe (1930-2013). It is viewed as the archetypal modern African novel, and the first African novel written in English to receive world-wide acclaim with tens of millions of copies having been sold. The novel’s title has it’s origins in the William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming”
He says, “There is that great proverb—that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter… Once I realized that, I had to be a writer.”

Chinua Achebe
Speed is violence
Power is violence
Weight violence
The butterfly seeks safety in lightness
In weightless, undulating flight
But at a crossroads where mottled light
From old trees falls on a brash new highway
Our separate errands collide
I come power-packed for two
And the gentle butterfly offers
Itself in bright yellow sacrifice
Upon my hard silicon shield.

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