“Bee Sting” by Linda Kunhardt

Linda Kunhardt


The bee on the handle
stung me, and the pain multiplied.
I hurled the pail and left the bee
to life or death, I don’t know which.
Suddenly I felt irrelevant. To the bee,
spent and clinging to the handle,
I was merely a mass, a force to ignite
the stinging process,
as other and unknowable
as friends or enemies
or the bouquet carried by my ex’s
second wife down the aisle. 

from Rattle #82, Winter 2023


Linda Kunhardt: “After the bee stung me, I had a strong sense of being secondary. I wanted to explore various aspects of alienation, as well as the interplay of physical and emotional pain.”

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