The Bees

Mother stood, Amazon like, outside the cave that was her home. She spoke in a whisper that travelled across the world. In the jungles and fields everything stopped to listen. Deer lifted their heads from grazing to hear. Wolves cocked their ears. Snakes stopped mid-strike.

"Come home, workers," she said.

It took a few months. Furry yellow and black bodies obeyed the command, leaving their hives empty. The swarm grew. A black mass, travelling back to the beginning. Mother drew them to her. Her cave dripped with honey.

"They spray the land with poisons." The buzzing became angry for a moment. "Let's see how they manage without you."

Across the world, crops failed.

– Rachel Kruft Welton - Visit Rachel’s TravelPod and her Picture Blog

9 comments:

  1. This story made me breathe very slowly for a while. So much packed in so few words. It reminded me of Avatar, the part where the spirit of the planet sends its creatures to battle the invaders. I wonder what would happen to humanity, if Nature come at us with fists first. Or worse, if it just abandoned us...

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  2. well, nature has always come at us fists first. but to be abandoned? we would not last.

    I loved this.

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  3. This is so powerful and frightening. Great job. The Olde Bagg,Linda

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  4. Now this...wow. Just, wow.

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  5. 113 words packed with power and truth!

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  6. Yes they are being called back. They are leaving at an alarming rate!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  7. How pointed, and poignant. It really does make you stop for a moment.

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  8. well, nature has always come at us fists first. but to be abandoned? we would not last.

    I loved this.

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