Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal


John Valentine

Mesh-covered prelate
with a cloak of quivering
bees, soft hands sectioning
the hives into dripping combs
of honey.
Congregational buzz, whir
of nectar and wing.
Elemental host.
Even the queen hummed
in the hovering air.
The holy family spun resin
out of gold.
The father swung his censer.
Everything eased.
Perfumed that potted love.
Sweet, that shimmering dawn.


John M. Valentine is a professor of philosophy at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His poetry has been published in The Sewanee Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Snake Nation Review, The Adirondack Review, and others.

© John Valentine

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