When Claude says blessed is he who has seen
by Claudia Emerson
and believes, you know he is about to tell the one
about bees. His father told him which kind
of sting was worst, but you have to see some things
for yourself, and when you ask how on earth
do you catch a bee to see anything, he tells how
you hunker down next to a sweet potato blossom
and watch until one lands on the ruffled cuff
and then ambles down into the sweeter sleeve.
You lean over and pinch the blossom shut,
and there you have it, ready to sting yourself
so you can decide on your own, and he wants
for you not to doubt this: even more blessed,
you will be, you have heard — and not seen.