TRISTA EDWARDS

The Inception of Bees

Out of the killer came what is sweet.

 

 

                                    Out of the killer came what is sweet.   

 

 

And then all at once, a bee. Then another. Soon a murmuring

           

            helix                 of heartbeats coil                        up

 

to the heavens                            like strings of some god’s marionette.

 

                        Below, a body.

 

What was once a body                now a puffed carcass

 

            given itself over to the story of sweetness.

 

The ancients named bees Lukoskordon                   which is to say

                       

            torn by wolves        as it was believed           bees arose

 

from the corpses of Greece’s dead.             And so

 

                                    at the essence of honey, decay.

           

            The intoxicating aroma of mortality—

 

which feeds the earth,                 that great mother ever hungry

 

            to cleave civilization                    from our chest

 

                                    and cover us in saccharine wildness         

                       

            until we return to bees,               to the hive from which we came.

Trista Edwards is an associate editor at Luna Luna Magazine. She is also the curator and editor of the anthology, Till The Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2015). You can find her work at 32 Poems, Quail Bell Magazine, Moonchild Magazine, The Adroit Journal, The Boiler, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Bad Pony, and more. She creates magickal candles at her company, Marvel + Moon. You can follow Trista on Instagram at @tristamarieedwards & @marvelandmoon