E Pluribus Mores

Virgil on Bees and Time

In The Classics on June 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

Virgil speaks of bees

And cows

Wide-eyed heifers

Who blink their cow eyes

And swing their cow hips

Of bulls stung by bees

Who dance about the pasture

Trampling the rowan and trefoil

Virgil speaks of bees

And kings

Hedged by bristling spears

He does not yet know

There are no longer kings

Nor, in time, bees

They have been stolen, or lost,

Or slipped away one by one

Virgil speaks of bees

And time

Still, he says, it flies

Time irreparably flies

While we

For the briefest of moments

Are held captive

By love

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