wildflowers . . .
great are the affairs
of? bees

9 Responses

  1. MaryJo Says:

    we often think of the fields of wildflowers forgetting their profusion has to do in part with bees–their affairs are indeed great. Beautiful haiku, Julie.

  2. Alan Summers Says:



    wildflowers . . .
    great are the affairs
    of bees


    As governments are keen to stamp out bees for greater profit margins, this is a good haiku to tweet, and also include in the petitions.

    Poems are potent when a thousand words might fail. :-)

    warm regards,


  3. haikuapprentice Says:

    Another wonderful poem, Julie.

    There seems to be a strong scriptural allusion in that second line which is very powerful: "great are the works" … not of an unseen deity but the diligent workers and pollenaters of nature, the bees.

    On that reading when I returned to the first line, "wildflowers", I hear another scriptural echo: "consider the lilies of the field". The effect for me is to emphasize the spirituality of nature.

    Does anyone else love this verse/prayer by Emily Dickinson?

    In the name of the Bee –
    And of the Butterfly –
    And of the Breeze – Amen!

    It seems to be a trinity everyone can believe in.

    Thank you again Julie for another thought provoking and delightful poem.


  4. Dawn Apanius Says:

    Wow!so magical!

  5. Magyar Says:

    with trysts at the blooms
    honey keeper

  6. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    As Strider, MaryJo and Alan have pointed out, there is a lot in this haiku. It also carries light humour, which brought a smile to my face this morning.


  7. Julie Warther Says:

    Thank you so much for the kind words! And the poems in response!

  8. marykendall Says:

    A very meaningful and important poem and statement, Julie.

  9. hammerandtongs Says:

    Richly layered.

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