The Arrival of the Bee Box

I ordered this, clean wood box
Square as a chair and almost too heavy to lift.
I would say it was the coffin of a midget
Or a square baby
Were there not such a din in it.

The box is locked, it is dangerous.
I have to live with it overnight
And I can't keep away from it.
There are no windows, so I can't see what is in there.
There is only a little grid, no exit.

I put my eye to the grid.
It is dark, dark,
With the swarmy feeling of African hands
Minute and shrunk for export,
Black on black, angrily clambering.

How can I let them out?
It is the noise that appalls me most of all,
The unintelligible syllables.
It is like a Roman mob,
Small, taken one by one, but my god, together!

I lay my ear to furious Latin.
I am not a Caesar.
I have simply ordered a box of maniacs.
They can be sent back.
They can die, I need feed them nothing, I am the owner.

I wonder how hungry they are.
I wonder if they would forget me
If I just undid the locks and stood back and turned into a tree.
There is the laburnum, its blond colonnades,
And the petticoats of the cherry.

They might ignore me immediately
In my moon suit and funeral veil.
I am no source of honey
So why should they turn on me?
Tomorrow I will be sweet God, I will set them free.

The box is only temporary.

23 comments

caseymendoza
Wrote 7 years ago
I love Sylvia Plath. This tribute to her is one of the best I've seen. Wonderful.

charvidacharmer
Wrote 7 years ago
LOVE HER....she's neurotic, unbeleivable

chani
Wrote 8 years ago
Ooooh I LOVE Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar is one of my favourite books. And her poems... what an inspiration!

bethbookz
Wrote 8 years ago
Yes, yes, yes, I love Sylvia, even if it's cliche to love her. Lovely set.

peristera
Wrote 8 years ago
I didn´t know Silvia Plath until now! I´m just emotioned about her poems!

megan310
Wrote 8 years ago
luv the stockings

urbanflavor
Wrote 8 years ago
so nice!

bri4
Wrote 8 years ago
great!

jodente
Wrote 8 years ago
love it!

umbrelutza
Wrote 8 years ago
so cool

marietta2
Wrote 8 years ago
Great set, very feminine!

sophs1
Wrote 8 years ago
Fantastic!!

thaumatrope
Wrote 8 years ago
stunning

farha
Wrote 8 years ago
*speechless*

voilavoila
Wrote 8 years ago
WOW THIS IS VERY NICE

natashanath
Wrote 8 years ago
thanks a lot to maria, doxo, eleonore, manonneke, suzanne and alice!!!...this one is one of my personal favorites!....glad that you guys like it too!

alice
Wrote 8 years ago
wonderful!

suzanne4-polyvore
Wrote 8 years ago
lovely!!

eleonorexi
Wrote 8 years ago
really lovely!!!

doxophobia
Wrote 8 years ago
ah, this is greatt, love it

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