A bee: before it dies, its mouth opens and closes, kissing the ground | Helen Sullivan

A bee: before it dies, its mouth opens and closes, kissing the ground | Helen Sullivan

Its favourite thing to do is to crawl inside a flower, where petals turn light pink, yellow or red

A small girl is eating ice cream. She is at a lake, “Zoo Lake”, in the middle of a city. People who live nearby hear the Zoo’s lions roaring at night. (A world and a century away, in Innisfree, Yeats lives “alone in the bee-loud glade”.)

The principal activities at this lake are learning to ride bikes, riding bikes, and walking. Ice-cream sellers pedal their cooler boxes round and round the water. Bees hover over the rubbish bins full of ice-cream wrappers.

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