ネブラスカ便り

Collaborative Haiku Poem – マルハナ蜂

emergency!
CSI on raspberry patch
by a bumblebee

(Yoko version)
一大事木いちご視察バンブルビー
いちだいじ きいちごしさつ バンブルビー

a bumblebee
visits my honey flowers
it’s yours!

(Michiko version)
蜜の花マルハナバチのラズベリー
みつのはな マルハナバチの ラズベリー

Raspberry flowers are the important source of nectar to bumblebees. In midsummer when small white flowers bloom and raspberries are ripe, I go out to our garden to harvest berries, and, invariably, bumblebees show up. Thus, bumblebees and I spend a while together. Because in the past few years, I had difficulties to reach down to the fruit-laden tops of the plants to harvest raspberries, I decided to set up stakes surrounding the raspberry patch, hoping the raspberry plant may grow standing up instead of drooping. While working with stakes and wire netting, I noticed a single bumblebee came over. It must have been alarmed by the activities at his raspberry patch, and conducted his own Crime Scene Investigation(CSI).

 バンブルビー(和名 マルハナバチ 丸花蜂)にとってラスベリー(木いちご)の花は大切な蜜源です。小さな白い花が咲きラスベリーが熟す真夏、毎朝、実の収穫に庭に出ると必ずどこからか丸花蜂がやって来ます。丸花蜂は蜜を吸い、私はラスベリーを収穫と一緒の時を過ごします。過去数年、重い実をつけたラスベリーの穂先を取り起こすのに難儀しましたので、今年は、ラスベリー畑を支柱でぐるりと囲めばラスベリーはまっすぐに成長するのではと、効果の程はともあれやってみることにしました。支柱を立て金網を張る作業をやっていると丸花蜂が一匹飛んできました。大切な食料庫の一大事と視察に来たのでしょうが、花が咲くのはまだまだ先のこと、どこから?どうして?と訝しく思ったことです。

Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Yoko Kelley and Nakamura Michiko
– Illustration by Norman Kelley
Omaha, Nebraska
ネブラスカ州オマハ市
ヨーコ&ノーマン ケリー

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