Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Hive: A parable in progress (#194)

The queen bee 
could not see 
her workers 
from the center 
of the nest.
Even so she 
felt entitled 
to demand more 
than their best.
"You get more 
than you deserve," 
she said, "for 
your menial work.
Besides, I am 
your chosen queen, 
this throne's my 
rightful place."
The tired, hungry 
workers sent a 
spokesbee in to 
plead their case:
"How can you 
know us, Majesty, 
from here when 
we're out there,
tending pupae, 
cleaning cells, 
collecting pollen, too?
We want a
hint of fairness, 
and the same 
care you'd 
give yourself. 
Or, perhaps, 
you'd rather we
relocate you to 
someplace else?"
Before he left, 
the bee advised
his queen to
change her views.
"For you may
think that we 
are less," he 
said, "but we 
outnumber you."

(c) 2013, by Hannah Six

Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim