Bee Aware – A poem for Parsha Devarim (Aliyah 4)

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And the Amorites, dwelling in that mountain, came out towards you and pursued you as bees do

Deuteronomy 1:44

Everyone I know has been stung by a bee
at one point or another. Not you yet?
This is not meant to be prophecy.

When a bee pursues you, you don’t realize it
until it’s already happened. Until its stinger
has penetrated your skin.

Could this have been avoided?
Probably not. We’re rarely aware when
we’ve intruded on its territory or

have been perceived as a threat.
The stinging, the first indication that
anything was wrong.

It is the immediate hours following
as our lip swells (In my case it was
my lip. What can I learn from this since

this is where all my words come from?)
that we learn the consequences of our
intrusion. Did we even need the honey?

A group of ancient Israelites were
pursued like bees. They didn’t heed
the warning which, had they done so,

would have prevented a brutal stinging.
If your goal is to cross the river
better to not go after the bees.

We need them more than you know.
Moving from flower to flower
they make everything happen.

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