Northwords Now Issue 37

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Uninvited

by Liz McKibben

Wild bees are just that, not hive-trained.
They don’t go easy on the pollen.
They get high, zigzag home,
too spaced out for a bee-line.
The gap between your doorstep and the ground,
the one you never really knew you had before,
becomes a squat where they hang out
,come and go like Heathrow.
They can’t be given an ASBO.
Their legs are too small for a tag.
Annoy them and they’ll buzz their mates
to flash mob your front door.
For pity’s sake, don’t let them in.