Bee-keeping

Pollen-flared
a bee
settled
preened
out of the wind
me and this gatherer

sharing shelter
from the Mediterranean’s
onshore blow
neither wanting to fly
anywhere

the lumpen oranges
I had helped remove
thud-soft
a few secure-gripped
within the stick-scrape
of the tree

other bee-labours
now tabled fruit
our moment passes
as he lifts away
break taken.

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