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The Bee Carol

The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, introduced some new contemporary carols in the Guardian this weekend. Some were good, some were dire, but I was really taken with one of her own, The Bee Carol. I thought it was beautiful.

Silently on Christmas Eve,
the turn of midnight's key;
all the garden locked in ice
a silver frieze
except the winter cluster of the bees.

Flightless now and shivering,
around their Queen they cling;
every bee a gift of heat;
she will not freeze
within the winter cluster of the bees.

Bring me for my Christmas gift
a single golden jar;
let me taste the sweetness there,
but honey leave
to feed the winter cluster of the bees.

Come with me on Christmas Eve
to see the silent hive
trembling stars cloistered above
and then believe,
bless the winter cluster of the bees.

Thanks for posting, that was lovely.

It is, isn't it? Tears in the eyes here.


The others are here, but none is as good as Duffy's.

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