Apotheosis: Apoteoza

Come slowly, Eden!
Lips unused to thee,
Bashful, sip thy jasmines,
As the fainting bee,
Reaching late his flower,
Round her chamber hums,
Counts his nectars — enters,
And is lost in balms!




Zbliż się nieśpiesznie, Edenie!
Usta cię niezwyczajne,
Pij twe jaśminy niepewnie,
Jak trzmiel omdlały,
Co sięga kwiecia późno,
Nuci wnętrz wkole,
Pożytek miarkując — wnika,
I w balsamach tonie!



With Emily Dickinson’s poetry, this is obviously the grammatical gender of the bee to become a hindrance. In Polish, Apidae are mostly grammatically feminine. Therefore, in the Apotheosis (Love, XVII), I use the Polish trzmiel, grammatically masculine. In the humorous Bee (Nature, XV) I use, facetiously, pan pszczoła, Mr. Bee.


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