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Poem: "The Prairie in Central Park" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Prairie in Central Park"

This poem was inspired by a prompt from red_trillium.  It is presented as today's second freebie poem, courtesy of new prompter bodlon and new donor Christian Young.

Now, the bumblebee in this poem is a New Yorker, with a vocabulary and attitude to match, so I'm putting this below a cut.  People unfond of coarse language may prefer to read something else.  I sympathize with the poor bee's predicament -- but I consider the poetry student the winner of this altercation.  Also, the quoted lines are by Emily Dickenson.


The Prairie in Central Park


A student sat on the grass,
reading poetry in Central Park.

"To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,"
she intoned solemnly,
looking around for the ingredients.

A bumblebee blundered from one white flower to the next,
its tiny wings propelling it into impossible flight.

"One clover, and a bee,
And revery."
The student gazed at the bee.
"Hey, you -- we're making a prairie!"

The bumblebee turned to her and said,
"Lady, we're in New York fucking City!
Do you see any prairie  around here?  No!  This is a LAWN.
All I have to eat is clover and frankly it tastes like exhaust fumes.
So get the fuck off my dinner table,
before I shove that book up your ass!"

The student took her book and moved
to a section of lawn devoid of angry bumblebees.

Then she finished softly,
"The revery alone will do,
If bees are few."

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 5th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
BWAH HA HA HA HA HA!!!
red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: January 5th, 2011 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
LMAO, I love it, thank you!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

I'm glad it worked for you.
siege From: siege Date: January 5th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Such a delivery. ^.^
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)

*grin*

Sometimes timing and tone are everything.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: January 5th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The unexpected contrast really makes this piece pop. XD
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

It was certainly a surprise! I was so not expecting the bee to start swearing like that. Fun, though.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: January 5th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're on a roll! I love this!

*grins at you* Oh, that was wonderful!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're on a roll! I love this!

Thanks. I'm pleased to see this one so popular.
mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: January 5th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
*giggle*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you liked this.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: January 5th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice!!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it.
eseme From: eseme Date: January 5th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laughs*

Yeah, it's a lawn. Hopefully the student will research prairies and learn about biological diversity.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

That's a possibility.

What we call "lawn" here at Fieldhaven is really "whatever low-growing green stuff survives mowing and foot traffic." There are many species of grass, white and yellow and red clovers, dandelions, plantains, several kinds of wild violet, etc. The result is far more useful than plain grass.

The prairie garden is more robust. It has taller grasses, milkweed, thistle, goldenrod, a few flowers such as echinacea and black-eyed susan, lots of wild strawberries, etc. While nowhere near an old-growth prairie, it is still a functional prairie in that it provides tall grass cover for wildlife, abundant seeds, and attracts all the prairie-loving species that still live in our area. *chuckle* Including a great many bumblebees and honeybees, who are content to share it with me.
eseme From: eseme Date: January 6th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

*nods*

Oh, my parents have a similar lawn. My dad is not allowed to mow out front until the wildflowers are done blooming and she has harvested the violets for jelly.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Yeah, Doug tends to avoid actively blooming areas. We have some parts that we keep quite short if possible, for heavy foot traffic; but much of the yard is more flexible.
bodlon From: bodlon Date: January 6th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Respect the bee. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I think that's why I have such a good relationship with the bees in my yard. We respect each other.
bodlon From: bodlon Date: January 6th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I've tried suggesting to my family that I should try apiculture, but they're strangely opposed.

Do not fear the bee. Just...well, don't fuck with the bee and you'll be fine.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>I've tried suggesting to my family that I should try apiculture, but they're strangely opposed.<<

Many people are. Perhaps you could find somewhere to practice that would be away from your family?

>>Do not fear the bee. <<

In fact, bees seem to dislike people who fear them. Apparently the fear pheromones smell bad to bees. Bees prefer people who are calm.

>>Just...well, don't fuck with the bee and you'll be fine.<<

I like that about bees. Most of them (except for the insane Africanized ones) are not aggressive but actually rather laid-back. An armed society is a polite society, seems to be their opinion. They could sting me, but they don't. I could hose them with pesticides, but I don't. I provide them with flowers and they pollinate my fruit blossoms. I prefer symbiotic relationships to combative ones.
bodlon From: bodlon Date: January 6th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

My pear tree agrees.

As do my plans to add more bee-friendly flowers to the front garden this year.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

My mature fruit trees are a pear, a crabapple, and a pie cherry. I have some others that are still saplings. Then there are the berry canes. I have herbs and other bee-friendly flowers too.
laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: January 6th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I love it! Too funny, and a lovely tribute to Dickenson.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

She is one of my favorite poets, yes.
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