Psalms from the Hive 

by Jeannie Saum

It’s created a monster,

“That  Book” across the room.

I’m a walking Wikipedia

I think that I am doomed.

Whoever would have thought

That honeybees would wow me

With their amazing little lives

Inside the hive.

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

Did you know that there are three castes of bees?  Have you ever heard that bees use pheromones to communicate?  Did you ever see a bee dance?  Do you know all the amazing things bees make in their hives?  Have you ever wondered just how these tiny little dumb animals can make every hexagonal cell just exactly like the 100,000 others in the hive?  OMG! I can’t stop!  I am a walking, talking encyclopedia of bee facts.  What has happened to me?  I have honeybees on the brain!

I’ve always loved learning new things, so I guess this was inevitable, no matter how I resisted.  Once I started reading and learning, I couldn’t stop!  I devoured “That Book” – Beekeeping for Dummies in about 2 days, neglecting my paper grading and lesson plans!

Neglected work!

Neglected work!

Those bees, they’re so interesting! So amazing! So useful!  BUT I’M STILL NOT GOING TO BE A BEEKEEPER!  Just an interested wife, supporting her husband’s reverie – or reality??  We’ll see. . .

Psalms 104

 24 Lord, you have made so many things! How wisely you made them all! The earth is filled with your creatures.

25 There is the ocean, large and wide, where countless creatures live, large and small alike. 26 The ships sail on it, and in it plays Leviathan, that sea monster which you made.

27 All of them depend on you to give them food when they need it.

 28 You give it to them, and they eat it; you provide food, and they are satisfied.

29 When you turn away, they are afraid; when you take away your breath, they die and go back to the dust from which they came.

30 But when you give them breath, they are created; you give new life to the earth.

31 May the glory of the Lord last forever! May the Lord be happy with what he has made!

32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles; he touches the mountains, and they pour out smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life; as long as I live I will sing praises to my God.

34 May he be pleased with my song, for my gladness comes from him.