Bees & Honey


It is spring, and what you expected
of its beauty has not yet

arrived. Things are still a little too dead
to wake up & break open. Soon the flowers

will act like small, color-blown cups
for the insects and the rain.

A.R. Ammons steps out into
the great open and says,

“I am extremely beautiful.”

Don’t worry so much about the rain and
whether or not there will be dew

the next morning. In the end, there is always rain—
somewhere—in the end, there will always be dew

to fall and cup over your cheek. Whether these
are tears, of sadness or joy, or dew, will not

matter. Your child will be extremely
beautiful. Life is everywhere.

The bees are calming down.


inspired by A.R. Ammons’ poem “Bees Stopped”

“steps out into the great open” is borrowed from A.R. Ammons’ poem “Some Months Ago”


About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in Indiana, where she works as a virtual assistant, editor, and freelance writer via her self-started business, MLT Creative. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast. She previously completed her B.S. in Secondary English Education and B.A. in English, with a Concentration in Writing, at Indiana University South Bend, where she worked as the Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Encore Magazine, Thank You for Swallowing, The Spooklet, Sleet Magazine, and Analecta, among others; and her book reviews and essays have appeared on The Rumpus and Motherly. When not writing, she enjoys art and music, and the simple mathematics of being a wife of one, a mama of two, and a cat-mom of three. For more, visit View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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