Ode to the Queen of Honeybees
 
Sing praises for the strawberry, sweet red source of manganese and vitamin C.

Sing praises for the carrot, savory orange source of vitamin A.

Sing praises for the sunflower, savory yellow source of copper and vitamin E.

Sing praises for the broccoli, savory green source of selenium and vitamin K.

Sing praises for the blueberry, sweet blue source of antioxidants.

Sing praises for the blackberry, sweet purple source of fiber.


These and more are the gifts

You send up from the earth,

Queen Mother:

the apple and the apricot,

the onion and the okra,

the cardamom and coriander,

the green pepper and the grape.


Sing praises for the coffee bean, the kidney bean, the lima bean.

Sing praises for the cranberry, the raspberry, the cherry.

Sing praises for the chestnut, the coconut, the almond.

Sing praises for the tangerine, the mango, the papaya.

Sing praises for the peach, the pear, the pomegranate.


Buckwheat honey is the dark amber of Your eyes.

Goldenrod honey is the pale amber of Your hair.

Lavender honey is the sweetness of Your words.

Clover honey is the sunlight of Your smile.


We honor You, Queen Mother,

in every word of praise

to the food You give to us.


Blessed are the hands that touched this food.