The Gospel of Bees

07/25/14

When Ivan and I choked the doctor, several peahens and a rodeo named George
witnessed the escape of medicine from the celestial repository. Another mystery of the
bees was discussing who may or may not be the father.
Because this is Argentina and Ivan is lonely, the tiny storm of rebellion repairs the
damage done by George’s rejection, the early stars deposited in the celestial clown’s ear
not withstanding.
Listen, one of these men is so crooked he can eat soup with a corkscrew. He may
even live without a name in a drop of blood under a bird’s wing. And despite the fact that
Ivan had only one good hand, the thick, twisting bull failed to throw him from the surface
of the known contingencies.
It has been my intention to give you these words like chunks of meat, but it turns
out more like a withdrawal that caresses, containing a young boy and his wounded bird.
To recover the essence from the body is the goal of all religious singing and it fails
miserably, yet the effort remains invigorating.
You see, the doctor is writing a novel like a beehive. He touches it gently with his
cane each night before the celestial rodeo while the peahens are settling in for some
unexpected dreams. Something about a faithful horse and another country. Something
about a longing.
You see, happiness is easier if you remove the wax coat from Argentina. The
clown’s floppy ears often help to save the riders from being trampled by the stars. It
appears the bees have always known this, but they refuse to levitate further. George has
created another event from it involving circling and the amount of time you can sing with
a rope while gathering escaping flowers. Perhaps Ivan has interpreted the phenomenon as
fatherhood.
I have no intention of granting a second life to the doctor. You can often hear the
bees speaking of it. You can witness the gathering at the hive where the fallen stars are
making honey.



Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.