Artists in the Honeycomb

Sabrina Ghaus


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after June Jordan

honeycomb in the water – one second
breath is like living
must be aggression

slow it down.
it will stop.
like a mourning dove will howl and moan.

one day without her eggs
and she could call it off, breath,
eddying around in the hexagon

give her water, give her water
liminal fights in every gulp and crash
wax rolls in the water rolls off
be a honeybee. bee, buzz sweet. we all like nectar

and thrive in abundance
which signals:
plant more flowers, people. plant more trees and gardens!
give winter something else to kill

or: transition

all bees transmutate pollen and all bees need water to drink.
no bees construct hives in the river
but here we are, free.
the dove has her head under her wing and everything heaves with her.

everything lives with me.

even breath is yellow sometimes and even people bloom
have you ever swallowed a bee?
can it sting and swell your tongue, all of you taking up space in the dark and wet?
what color is your mouth?
those eggs are somewhere/nowhere a reminder
everything breathes, even rocks, in the space between electrons

which is breath, anyway. we’re made of
mostly water, which, too, is mostly air
still, we suffocate.

wasps make paper nests light as the air we breathe
how to give her the time she needs
let her into the honeycomb where we live, together

I bloom, I bloom

how many poems in a bee?

practice taking in as much as what I let out;
a bee won’t do equilibrium

give them all honey

Sabrina Ghaus

is a

Guest Contributor for Panorama.

Sabrina is a writer, artist, storyteller, and organizer with roots in the Bay Area, CA, Boston, Karachi, and small-town Ohio, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Like her own story, Sabrina's work spans continents and genre, uniting under a common theme of resilience, resistance, and humanity through nuanced narratives. You can find her essays, poetry, and short fiction in various places on the internet, in literary magazines, and the zine world. She's performed for multiple venues, including the Asian American Writers' Workshop and East Meets Words, the longest-running Asian American open mic on the East Coast, and authored the poetry zine, "open wounds, seeded heart". Her non-fiction storytelling projects span borders, from neighborhoods in the US to Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Russia, including a feminist oral history project on the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, photography of modern dance in St. Petersburg, and a chronicle of the prison-industrial complex. Her oral history project, "The Asian American Womyn Project" was featured on Angry Asian Man, and two of her photographic storytelling pieces have been displayed at Tufts University.


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