An old country custom, to tell the bees of any death in a household.


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Death of an Apiarist


Go, and tell the bees.

Go, and take his keys.

Tap them on the hives;

tell them he has died;

lest they should leave;

still being as it should be,

their honey still supplied,

so go and tell the bees.


D G Moody 2023





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Written on 2023-05-16 at 17:08

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Griffonner The PoetBay support member heart!
Just like 'shells' I hadn't heard this one before either. Just goes to show that you are never too old to learn. Thank you for sharing, Dougie. Blessings and love, Allen
2023-05-18


shells
I've heard of the custom, though not the tapping of the keys. Bees are fascinating creatures, a lovely informative piece.
2023-05-16