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The Magnificent Beautiful Bee vs. Man i.e. The Magnificently Selfish, Stupid, Shortsighted, Greedy Species.

The beautiful bee is growing extinct

Environmental contamination with pesticides

Environmental contamination with pesticides (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And as it goes so goes our food

The bee and our food’s inextricably linked

One day there’ll be naught to be chewed


The crops are no longer rotated in clover

The flowers bees feed on are now poison-filled

As bees sip the pesticides their lives are over

And as they die our food chain is killed


But the pesticide lobby – the Alliance for Food

(As Newspeak this name qualifies)

Promotes pesticides as concerns are pooh-poohed

And the bee colony grows weak and dies


And our USDA is so in the pocket

Of Monsanto, ConAgra et al

That whatever’s proposed pro-food safety they block it

And profit’s the whole rationale


And the poor can’t afford to eat food that is pure

And they must eat to just stay alive

But the food they ingest is poisoned for sure

By what’s killing the bees in their hive.


While the rich eat organic – poor eat frankenfood

And the Alliance for Food’s making hay

Their plate’s piled with cabbage while our food’s lab brewed

And these chemicals we eat like filet

Cause the cancers that eat us away

And the bees die a little each day


The sweet bees die a little each day.




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18 thoughts on “The Magnificent Beautiful Bee vs. Man i.e. The Magnificently Selfish, Stupid, Shortsighted, Greedy Species.

  1. Tony: have seen several documentaries, as well as news stories recently. Actually over the past two years. Find it a tragedy, and am not surprised in the least that you would pick up on it.
    Many thanks for sharing. Especially in your wonderfully artistic and beautiful way.
    Be well my friend.


    Posted by Rachael Black | May 17, 2012, 12:45 am
  2. This was beautiful ! We have a small hive of fat honey bees that live by us and we’ve named them “henry” (long story) and the plight of the bees has become a concern in our house….you did an amazing job using the bee as a metaphor for what’s happening to our fellow man, specifically those in need . We’re poisoning everything !
    (Someone suggested I unfollow then refollow blogs not showing up in my “Reader”, I haven’t been getting your posts, hoping it works…)


    Posted by MJ, Nonstepmom | May 16, 2012, 2:21 pm
  3. Wow… beautiful, yet sadly, portrayed the sorrow in a world we are quickly destroying. Most people just do not realize the importance of bees and many would probably be happy to see them go – not realizing that would be the beginning of the end of man and all species.

    How ironic that the purest of foods (non-processed, organic) costs more than processed food. It is horrible that the law of supply and demand dictates that the natural food is more rare, thus more costly.


    Posted by Michelle at Motley News | May 16, 2012, 1:26 am
  4. OMG, what had you think of this?? I would never have thought of something like this, but it DOES make sense that as they eat our pesticides, so is the poisoning & death. This is awful Tony. I’d really never thought of it.

    http://www.VodkaWasMyMuse.wordpress.com (video diary) / http://www.WordsFallFromMyEyes.wordpress.com (1st draft of a novel)


    Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes | May 15, 2012, 2:45 pm
  5. Same attitude in UK and Europe – I wrote this review a few months ago of a BBC program on this subject. Not as succinct as your poetical piece though!

    There is an Avaaz petition ‘Save the Bees’ in respect of Bayer if any of your readers are interested.


    Posted by Sam Flowers | May 15, 2012, 6:24 am
  6. This one really got to me, Tony. I’m so glad you wrote about this. The more there is out there for people to find, the better. It amazes me when someone says, ‘they’re just bees – what’s the big deal?’ So much information at our fingertips, yet common sense seems to be in short supply …

    In my house, Monsanto is a dirty word. Their hypocritical commercials from a little while back, about family farmers, got me so mad I couldn’t see straight. That’s why I included them in “The Good, the Bad, The Ugly and the WTF” my Twilight Zone-y story about frankenfood on Sparks In Shadow.

    I wish more of us ‘got it.’


    Posted by Sparks In Shadow | May 15, 2012, 5:58 am
  7. Sadly, its all about the money. go on…


    Posted by Don in Massachusetts | May 14, 2012, 11:29 pm
  8. thank you Soma…of this there is no doubt. continue…


    Posted by barkinginthedark | May 14, 2012, 9:44 pm
  9. Humans no doubt are the greediest of all the species on earth..always taking more than needed and never returning the favour
    add to it the ever increasing population and the demands….
    Brilliant post Tony


    Posted by Soma Mukherjee | May 14, 2012, 4:44 pm

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