we rape the bees (because we can)

“I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees”
“Bloodbuzz Ohio,” The National

“O brave new world,/ That has such people in’t!”
Miranda, The Tempest, William Shakespeare

we rape the bees
since seized honey tastes sweet

because we can

brute force for unjust desserts
tiny humming workers enslaved

because we can

golden lips and sticky fingers
trump the frailty of small things

because we can

we rape the bees
since seized honey tastes sweet

because we can

—P.L. Thomas

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