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Upon a Line by Michael Cunningham

A bee thumps heavily, insistently, against a windowpane.

Watching from the counter, I wonder what it will do

when it crashes through, finding itself in my kitchen.

Will it construct a colander nest? Try to pollinate

the freshly-cut roses, resting in cool water?

Perhaps it will drown amidst the thorns, get trapped

in the refrigerator, or slide under my knife, slicing eggs.

Doug Paul Case