cooking with honey

I could simmer gold prettiness
steeped with rosemary
and a hint of balsamic–
a glaze to drizzle
over something delicious,

but now,Β right now,
I want my honey raw
and stolen, a comb
sweetened by stings
and primal,

the way bears know it.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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78 Responses to cooking with honey

  1. I can’t tell you how the sweetness of “gold prettiness” is lingering in my mind. Find your feral, honey! ; )

  2. Oh my, Susan. Oh my.

  3. And thanks for sharing the writer/storyteller post. It’s completely awesome. I hope everyone reads it.

  4. Brilliant Susan — reminds me of so many things and memories. That sting makes the reward so much sweeter doesn’t it?

    • JCC, thank you! Can you believe this was inspired by a recipe list in my inbox? Go figure…

      And, yes, the sting does make it worth it. πŸ˜‰

      Glad you liked this!

  5. seekingmeme says:

    I love the image of “raw and stolen”… makes the honey all the sweeter!

  6. Alice Keys says:

    Does a bear eat honey in the woods?;-) Lovely. you have me chuckling this morning. Alice

  7. oneofaclass says:

    Some things are worth a few stings. And when you have a thick hide, they’re easier to seek.

  8. The honey is sweeter when stolen, like a kiss πŸ™‚ Wonderful πŸ™‚

  9. janehewey says:

    Wild honey! Like liquid sunshine and vitality!

  10. zennjennc says:

    I could taste it.

  11. claudia says:

    i can’t help…but whew…i want my honey raw as well like bears know it…so good…nice heat in this ma’am…smiles

  12. Awesome write, Susan! A little walk on the wild side!

  13. Mary says:

    There seems something very earthy and sensual in having honey raw and stolen! Love those qualities of this poem.

  14. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    This is lovely, Susan.
    I’d love to hear you read this, not to mention describe the texture of wild honey with the comb embedded in that sweetness.

  15. annotating60 says:

    This is perfect. Perfect words, perfect thought–it’s poetry!

  16. Tony Maude says:

    This reminded me of the REM song “Me with honey,” so I caught the ‘naughty’ in your closure πŸ™‚ Sometimes we just have to not play completely safe; a completely sanitised life is more than a little dull, I should imagine.

  17. wcg1670 says:

    HA…the sweetness of simple truths…sometimes both barrels head on is the only way to go

    sweet, indeed


  18. Candy Morrow says:

    Is there more to this poem than meets the reader’s eye?

  19. brian miller says:

    ha…i like…particularly the last bit…i like mine raw as well…not turned into something else but won with the stings that def come with it if you are not careful…there is something a bit wild in it…smiles.

  20. oh yes, yes…wild honey……I already love your post from the title ~ Smiles ~

  21. Awesome and raw it lasts for thousands of years.

  22. nico says:

    We all need a little taste of wildness every once in a while. Excellent work!

  23. Laurie Kolp says:

    I have a brand new unopened bottle of honey in the cabinet I just might have to open… it’s not wild, though. Darn it.

  24. I’ve been craving honey for the longest time, but keep forgetting to buy it when I go to the store. This poem makes me want some even more. Next time, it’s going to be the first thing I pick up! This was such a fun read. Thanks!

  25. Rowan Taw says:

    I love the honey, as if its just come from the hive. It makes me feel closer to nature rather than just using it as an ingredient.

  26. mobius faith says:

    honey is such a sensual treat. What a wonderful ode to this “simmering gold”.

  27. kkkkaty1 says:

    Need I say more? Everyone has said it all….what happens if one is allergic to bee stings? πŸ˜‰

  28. Mohana says:

    this is awesome! Fine write.

  29. Raw honey. You are so kicking it this month. Amazing.

  30. Susan, i can taste it in the simplicity of your sketched words!

  31. I love your descriptions! They justly morph tasting honey into a dreamlike experience!

  32. A fun easy read that reminds me it’s time for bed. The balsamic drizzle imagery was really sensuous, I wonder what’s in the fridge….

  33. nelle says:

    …and you reminded me of one of my favourite characters ever, the wild Beekeeper.

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