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A Few Considerations

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A Few Considerations

  1. 1. A Few Considerations Maya C. Thompson after United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals I offer this dedication to our pollinators because the wind does not labor alone. To the bumblebees underground in abandoned mice burrows, I see you single mother queens when you risk your lives to go forage with the faith you will bring back enough food so your children do not go hungry. To the honeybee nurses that lose sleep often taking care of the brood. Double shifts in the hive spent oozing royal jelly like breast milk into the hexagon-shaped wax cells. What tubular-tongued geniuses. Our codependency is no accident. When you dice tomatoes on a maple cutting board there is a bumblebee in a greenhouse that mastered the art of shaking the plant anthers into fruit. To the hoverflies no bigger than a fingernail, you mimic the bee so well, the wasp knows you are not to be messed with. To the moths that clock in after midnight, teach me your nocturnal song, how to be dusk and nectar. Because our pollination workforce is not limited to those with wings, I thank those with tails. The gecko that crawls on the island floor as pollen glistens like a dash of turmeric on its nose. The ruffed lemur’s pollen wisped on the muzzle and fur. I invite you to walk the labyrinth. Enter the paved stone and pause for a moment of gratitude at its center. We are billions in one gigantic pollen basket velcroed to the bee’s hind leg. We Teach We Try, We Try We Triage the wounds
  2. 2. Humanity, I inscribe our names in the clouds. Watch it return in the rivers, in the lakes. Humanity is an arboretum forever planted by hope.

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