Fear of Buzzing

I always give a wide berth to bees,
so I notice when they’re absent.
Behavior borne not of fear but healthy respect,

and recollection of stingings.

Avoid a soaking
get out of the rain.
Avoid a stinging,

stay away from bees and,

where bees hang out,
which makes me
suspicious of flowers, spilled coke

and other blooming things,

so while wide-berthing hostas,
listening for tell-tale buzzing,
I notice flowers still bloom

but bees are gone.

I wish no harm for bees or me,
hope to see them next spring,
but, until then,
I walk boldly by the hostas.

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