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elegy to bees

poetry by DT McCrea

elegy to bees

i used to write poems about dying

now i write poems about flowers


which i think means 

i’m closer to death


they say to write what you know

but i think we all write what we’re drawn to

the things that feel farthest away

most unattainable


what does it mean

to be alive

in a dying world

to open oneself


what does it mean

to be a field of sunflowers

and watch

as every bee on earth

falls from the sky

In which I ask the cards about climate change and draw The Sun

poetry by DT McCrea

In which I ask the cards about climate change and draw The Sun

The Sun radiates with positivity and optimism


A genocidal level of warming is already our inevitable future.


representing the source of all life on earth.


If current trends continue, nearly all coral reefs would die out, wildfires and heat waves would sweep across the planet annually, and the interplay between drought and flooding and temperature would mean that the world’s food supply would become dramatically less secure.


Underneath, four sunflowers grow tall above a brick wall.


The melting of ice sheets will pass a tipping point of collapse, flooding dozens of the world’s major cities this century


In the foreground, a young, naked child is sitting on top of a calm white horse.


I looked, and behold a pale horse:


The child’s nakedness is a sign he has nothing to hide and has all the innocence and purity of childhood.


and he who sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him


The white horse is also a sign of purity and strength.


Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

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DT McCrea

DT McCrea is a genderqueer poet pursuing an MFA from the NEOMFA program. They live in the Highland Square neighborhood of Akron, Ohio with their wonderful partner Em. In their free time DT enjoys pondering the nature of the universe and plotting the downfall of capitalism.

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