Class 15

Poetry – subject of interest to beekeepers, the original work of the exhibitor.  


Judge: Rachel West


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Entry Number Judge's comments

Wendy Wayne - East Devon

Humming synergy
Paragons of industry
Golden sweetness flows

Good strong Haiku. Clearly sums up bees in few words, from how they sound, how they work together and the production of honey. Excellent choice of nouns and use of rhyming.
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Viv Thorn - Torbay

A Bee’s Advice

Dear Honey Bee, come sit by me
And share with me some honey
Alright, my dear,- would you prefer
Some set or some that’s runny?

I love all the amber sweetness
That you build up on your combs
But in return, can I assist
With the products of your home?

Just give me room to multiply
And leave the rest to me
The beekeeper who interferes
And meddles with my brood
May get a swarm
When it gets warm
Instead of lovely food!

So, keep your tendings scanty
And I’ll reward you well
With lots of scrumptious honey
That you can jar and sell.

A 'conversation' that beekeepers will understand, there is lovely musicality in the first two stanzas and this is a poem with a definite subject of interest to beekeepers.

Liz Westcott - Torbay
The Miracle of Honey

Sitting in my apiary, feeling so at home,
Just the bees for company, my thoughts and I alone.
An oasis of solitude where I can ponder long
On how the bees are working and listen to their song.

The miracle of honey is the product of their toil.
Borne of gentle flowers which are rooted in the soil.
Sunshine is the energy that the bees collect each day
For it is sun that drives the nectar that the flower provides as pay
To reward the steadfast honey bee for ensuring pollination
So flowers can produce their seeds and the following generation.

So whenever you eat honey, remember, if you will,
The effort that the bees have made so that you can have your fill.
All through it’s life a honey bee works hard so she can make
A quarter spoon of honey, that’s all, for you to take
Your pleasure in its flavour, your delight when eating toast,
So you can have your breakfast and enjoy the taste you love the most!

Good title that conveys so much, clearly written story, a poem with 'pace' throughout, informative to beekeepers and non beekeepers alike.

David Wayne - East Devon

Should have kept away
One sting, two, three or more this
Storm set heavy day

A clever poem with the use of the strong noun 'Storm' to convey atmosphere of stinging bees and the fact that the effects of the sting, like a damaging storm, will be felt for a time after the sting/storm has passed.

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