A Friday poem from Richard Osmond's debut poetry collection, Useful Verses. ‚Äč

Translated from marginalia in Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica


Throw a handful of earth over swarming bees
and speak these words:

Simmer down, Valkyries. Go to ground.
Fly no more, wild, into the woods
but, bees, be mindful of livelihood.

You are my bag of yellow coins –
my herd of yellow cows –
honey is property.