Friday Poem: 'Charm to Tame Wild Bees'
A Friday poem from Richard Osmond's debut poetry collection, Useful Verses.
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.
Richard Osmond's debut collection Useful Verses follows in the tradition of the best nature writing, being as much about the human world as the natural, the present as the past: Osmond, a professional forager, has a deep knowledge of flora and fauna as they appear in both natural and human history, as they are depicted in both folklore and herbal - but he views them through a wholly contemporary lens.