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 South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously 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 Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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