Garden Walls, Sujin Lim
I think I’d like to keep bees—
however much bees can be ‘kept.’
Like a kept woman maybe
they could bring a sweet sharp pleasure
with a constant stretching, sensuous
ache of uncertainty.
So I’d need an orchard
where I could line their white boxes
under the branches knotted like
my mother’s knuckles,
thick from years of quiet work,
and I’d need a kitchen window
squared above a thick porcelain sink
where I could stand and watch them—
a hundred honeybees dragging
nectar from downy flowers,
nursing their children with liquid gold—
loving the light that
transforms ditches into long mirrors
strung out to reflect the clouds.
About the Author
Abigail Lee, University of Virginia
Abigail Lee is a poetry student at UVA, where she distracts herself from writing by baking copiously, reading voraciously, and listening to Christmas music every chance she gets.
About the Artist
Sujin Lim, Dartmouth College
A senior double majoring in economics and creative writing, Sujin Lim fell in love with photography at a rock show. She enjoys shooting live music and everyday people; she wishes to show the world what it really looks like.