Photograph by Richard Lebowitz: Bumblebee on Midwestern Tickseed Sunflower

I heard the bumblebees
before I found them
in the half-light of evening.

The stems bending
under their feathery weight
finally gave them away.

I stood watch as they foraged
from blossom to blossom,

till at length they rose,
and darted away,

oblivious to my witness
of their fleeting presence.

Poem by Richard Lebowitz

Richard Lebovitz is a former educator and editor living in Atlanta. He is currently involved in rescuing native plants and helping restore wildlife habitats. His poems have previously appeared in Broad River Review, Canary, The Curlew, The RavensPerch, POEM, Sky Island Journal, Tiny Seed Literary Journal and Town Creek Review.