the spirit of the hive

the bees share

their work in common

giving their love
to what lies ahead of them

the bees' god is the future
and they desire to live

as long as the world itself
in those that come after them

to the bees their hive

revolves around the queen

She is its intelligence

She represents their destiny

Maurice Maeterlinck, tr. Alfred Sutro, The Life of the Bee