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By Carol Ann Duffy

Here are my bees,

brazen, blurs on paper,

besotted; buzzwords, dancing

their flawless, airy maps.

Been deep, my poet bees,

in the parts of flowers,

in daffodil, thistle, rose, even

the golden lotus; so glide,

gilded, glad, golden, thus –

wise – and know of us:

how your scent pervades

my shadowed, busy heart,

and honey is art.

CAROL ANN DUFFY will the featured guest of the Williamsville Poetry, Music, Art and Dance Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road, Amherst. She is an award-winning Scottish poet and playwright and the author of more than 50 poetry collections, books for children and plays. In 2009, she was appointed to a 10-year term as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, becoming the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position. This is the title poem of her 2011 collection “The Bees,” published in the U.S. last year by Faber & Faber.