Flower Daughter

for Lily

Flower DaughterDescending the dirt path
in Aquinnah
you spot a
barrel-bodied bee
wearing
a striped fleece
and carrying
yellow saddlebags
on her legs.

The bee,
she
collects each grain
of pollen
carefully,
attentively,
purposefully,
unhurriedly.

Like you,
daughter,
she travels
lightly
from one delight
to another,
eager for
each bright opening.