Poet Kimiko Hahn on the Voyage Home
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Poet Kimiko Hahn recites her poem "Bumblebees" and talks with Zachary Sussman about her fascination with insects and the difference between quiescence, acquiescence, and simple stupidity.
The foraging bee that doesn't make it
back to the hive
and companion warmth
fastens to a leaf.
Or does the nectar so distract
it forgets the cells
The lapse is a cause for concern
the entomologist reports --
because its tiny body slows to the stillness of dew.
Is that quiescence
Or simple stupidity
one always forgets a day later?