We woke this morning to news that the last colony
has collapsed. I absently stir into my morning coffee
the nectar of a desert plant, hardy as the human tongue’s
hunger for sweetness. In the garden, we pollinate by hand,
brushing squash blossoms together, anther
to anther. When we were dating, the cologne
you wore was called Smokewood Apiary.
The first time we shed each other’s clothes,
I nuzzled into your neck. Our skin hummed.
You smelled like a hive on fire. The flowers
have begun to die, heavy with pollen, so we gather
withered baby’s breath instead, the empty seedpods
of a magnolia, dried lavender. We urn them on the table
between us. Before we eat, we praise their beauty.