all land air water
teemed with every sort of life
then the white man came

The family, the clan, the tribe, the nation. Humans are good at surviving, thriving, adapting, expanding, but only in cohesive groups. When group meets group, that’s another story.

for dVerse Poets Pubs Haibun Monday


colony collapse. so many honeybees gone. can we live without honey? yes, we can live without a lot of things but at some point we’ll wonder if we want to.

we lean on the honeybee, depend on the honeybee to pollinate our crops and gardens. in the U.S., however, there are 4,000 species of indigenous bees; honeybees are immigrants. nothing wrong with immigrants but if they become a single failure point, planning becomes necessary.

some native bees have been shown to be two or three times as efficient pollinators as honeybees. (it was on the internet!) native bees give us some hope if colony collapse continues.

hope but not a complete solution if honeybees are lost. for example, honeybees are mobile; they can be shifted from farm to farm. they’re used in the February California almond groves, when no native bees are around. more study to be done.

meanwhile, moths, butterflies, and bats also pollinate.

moths in the nighttime
when not distracted by light
find the blooms they want

for dVerse Haibun Monday