Guernica by Terrence Sykes

April 26 1937

( for Stephanie – Beekeeper )

dawn found me
by the fire
bitter coffee
stale bread
alone in my
brooding

motherland
mother tongue
my mother
was born here
as well as her
mother’s mother
mother mother
motherland

symphony of wings
beating of the hive
heart beat – heat
living creatures
morphed  into one
grand orchestration
sacred smoke

prideful of my honey
taste of ancient
ever divine
queen on her
royal  throne
grafting future

thoughts interrupted
stinging noises
moths
winged predators
descending
infiltrate
our lives

our hives aflame
drone moths
drove –  dove
fury & flames
merely workers
absconding swarm

when the enemy
descends
from the gates
of the heavens
vanity & treasures
are forgotten

smoke & fire
burned three days
drove me into the cluster
until the attack ceased
what sins
we simple
people partook

silenced
thunderous
echoes
void
barren
colonies

devastation abound
upon my return
wearing a veil of tears
hives empty
house in ruins
enemy on terra firma
casting myself
into the unknown

along the Montseny
wild boar forage
arbutus flower
feral bees
dance drunken delight
in the land of
milk & honey

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