The Soviet Bee


for Soviet man to perfect
the operation of pollination
creating the most select
plants and improving
nature's work

he must begin
by studying the bees
as they collect pollen grains
brushing flowers
that will fruit


for pollinators the avoidance
of self-fertilisation
is a complex business
as with the avocado tree
which may be male
in the morning
& female in the afternoon
or female in the morning
& male in the afternoon

I. Khalifman, Bees

The Symbolist Bee

where there is progress
it is the result
of a more complete sacrifice
of the individual
to the general interest

as a society organizes itself
so does a shrinkage
enter our private life

Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

I. Khalifman, Bees
Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee