Poetry: X. J. Kennedy, 'Beard of Bees'

More

originally published June 2002

Audio: Hear X. J. Kennedy read "Beard of Bees" (0:58)


Also by X. J. Kennedy:
Small House Torn Down to Build a Larger (2005)

at the farmers' market


The arbor of his chin
Bedangled with a cluster
Of yellow grapes that buzz
Like an electric razor,
This raiser of honeybees
With face in half-eclipse
Coaxes some hairs aside
To clear space for his lips.

He's a master of close shaves.
How well he does one thing,
With what abandon braves
Disaster's sting,
Quite unlike refugees
Crossing a perilous sector.
A whir--his moustache flies
Away in search of nectar.

X. J. Kennedy is the author of many collections and anthologies of poetry, including In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems 1955-2007 and Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry (1999). He lives outside Boston.

Jump to comments
Presented by
Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Saving Central: One High School's Struggle After Resegregation

Meet the students and staff at Tuscaloosa’s all-black Central High School in a short documentary film by Maisie Crow. 


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In