God has inspired the bee

The Qur’an says, God has inspired the bee.

This universe is filled with honey.

Human beings feed on it and evolve upward

with the same, but more profound, inspiration as the bee.


Like a bee

Like a bee you fill hundreds of homes with honey,

though yours is a long way from here.



that we are now

created the body, cell by cell,

like bees building a honeycomb.


Invisible Bee

Your soul has become an invisible bee.

We don’t see it working,

but there’s the full honeycomb.


I weep as I make the honey

You ask, Why do you cry with such sweetness all around?

I weep as I make the honey, wearing the shirt of a bee,

and I refuse to share this suffering. I play the sky’s harp.


With your Voice of Dark Honey
Not all sugarcanes have sugar, not all abysses a peak;
Not all eyes possess vision, not every sea is full of pearls.
O nightingale, with your voice of dark honey! Go on lamenting!
Only your drunken ecstasy can pierce the rock’s hard heart!


With Love Poison Turns to Honey

With love bitter things seem sweet
With love bits of copper are made gold
Without love soft wax hardens like iron
With love poison turns into honey.
Separated from Sweetness like Wax

From the moment that you journeyed forth,
we became separated from sweetness like wax;
All the night we are burning like candles,
paired to his flame and deprived of honey.


Where is the grace

Where is the grace I saw in your face all night?
My chest, like a beehive, full of buzzing,

From you, the source of honey, I drank nectar, all night..


Courtesy  Hatem Arafa, Istanbul