Gathered Honey.

Gathered Honey.

A Poem by JohnL

Written at a very busy time in my life when peace and quiet were at a premium. The idea of the Honey gatherer came from John Michener's wonderful book 'THE SOURCE', which I heartily commend to all.


Gathered Honey





I stay my hand, laying aside the turmoil of day,

Hearing secret messages of night and time

Rotate, in spheres of silence.

Voices that have no voice

Save the turning of my mind,

Inaudible to my ear yet burning,

Heard only deep inside


Essence, distilling

To fuel the coming day

From vapours of the past.

Diary, journal, beyond the transient limits

Of mere words.

More perhaps, eternal -

Or nearly so, drawing on time’s

Experience -

Man’s impulse to survive, that placed

The not yet swollen hand

Of earth’s first honey-gatherer

Into the world’s first hive.



            John L. Berry – circa 1985


© 2008 JohnL

Author's Note

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This was so beautifully written John.

"Man's impulse to survive, that placed
The not yet swollen hand
Of earth's first honey-gatherer
Into the world's first hive."

I particularly loved this stanza and the whole poem
set my imagination in overtime with your lovely words. Good job indeed!

Thank you for submitting this to my "A Chance to Shine Contest"! ~ Helena

Posted 12 Years Ago

Ach, there's no reviews. This is a truly lovely piece of verse. I can't be the first to have planted a flag here.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on May 16, 2008
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