The Pitcher Plant - A Poem

Updated on February 1, 2019
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Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

Background

This poem is about realizing that when someone does something that doesn't seem right to you at the first glance, when you dig deeper you may often find that there was a purpose behind that action, and that realization is all that it takes to have a heart to forgive them.

It is a story about a pair of bumble bees who love and live a happy life, until one day one of them is eaten by a pitcher plant. The bereaved bee mourns his companion's death, but realizes in the end that it was only natural for the pitcher plant to hunt for its food, and that enables him to die a peaceful death by forgiving the so called murderer plant.

The Pitcher Plant
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The Poem

I

They flew side by side

In a stream of sanctity

Love bloomed on their wings

That could last an eternity


Through the woods they sang

Merry tunes of jolly days

Upon flowers they perched

Their wings in colorful ways


From brown trunks to green leaves

They swayed with shining glee

Among friends and no foes

They vowed to raise a family

II

He broke away in search of sweet

Honey for his little dear ones

While she surfed in the lights

To reach the flock of flora that stuns


The beautiful pitcher opened its arms

And invited the luckless bee within

Down she went rapid and weak

Her screams drowned with her skin


He sensed a misgiving, and flew

Toward the satisfied, ruthless pitcher

He sat and wept till the curtains drew

The moon shone on the plant richer

III

The young ones grew free and fresh

With sweet nectar spreading joy

The old bee still pined in the forest

Building a shrine of the pitcher convoy


Until under one bright full moon

His strength seemed to give away

Young bees gathered, and asked “Dear,

What made you prolong your stay?”


He shot a weak glance at the pitcher

And explained in a wise, somber tone,

“Just as we rob the nectar from the flower,

We are their food, so leave them alone.”



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    © 2012 Rinita Sen

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      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        6 years ago

        Thank you for your thoughtful comment Ausseye.

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        Ausseye 

        6 years ago

        Hi SenoritaaChaCha:

        I am enthralled by your buzzy poem so full of life

        A bee by any other name will be so wise

        A drop of nectar is the green, green earth

        And we rob its soul to make a world

        Of steel, uranium and “Super Hornets “

        With Syrian intent……..what a world we weave

        Perhaps the wings of an angle

        We face the universe.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        6 years ago

        Thanks again Jo.

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        Jo_Goldsmith11 

        6 years ago

        Wow! This is amazing work! I hope you will send me an e-mail.

        This is awesome! I would like to share with you about how you can have

        your work published! :) Voted up, awesome and beautiful. Will continue to tweet this too. Amazing! :)

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a ton lyricwriter. Am glad you liked the poem. Hope things are great with you as well. Take care.

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        Richard Ricky Hale 

        7 years ago from West Virginia

        What a beautiful poem Senoritaa. Your pictures go perfect with the poem. You have a special talent for poetry. They are unique and creative. Hope all is well and you have a great day! Take care:)

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks Sueswan for reading. Yeah pitcher plants are deadly for insects, they are some of the most popular carnivorous plants. Have a great day.

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        Sueswan 

        7 years ago

        Hi Senorita

        Beautiful filled with insight and wisdom.

        I was not familiar with the pitcher plant. I read that small frogs will hide in pitcher plants and eat the flies that are attracted to the plant.

        Voted up and away

        Have a good evening.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a lot Phoebe. Glad you liked it.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thank you savanah. Appreciate your sincere comment.

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        savanahl 

        7 years ago

        Very nicely written. Your poetry is so beautiful.

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        Phoebe Pike 

        7 years ago

        This is a wonderful poem. Very unique and unlike many other poems I have read, it is unpredictable. I love it.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thank you dayzeebee for that heartfelt comment. Have a great day.

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        dayzeebee 

        7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Ah yes, how much we can learn from the magnitude of wisdom displayed by "little things" many fail to observe. Beautiful. Voting up and sharing. Blessings:)

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a lot Audrey for the appreciation. Means a lot coming from you whose work I really admire.

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        Audrey Howitt 

        7 years ago from California

        I love your work! Really a nice piece--sad little bee

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a lot Raci. Yes you are right, the good God made them all! :)

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        raciniwa 

        7 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

        heart rending poem...oh, i love the beautiful pictures, it reminds me how lucky we are to be in awe with this wonderful works of creation...

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a lot Nitya. Glad you liked it. Thanks again for the votes.

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        nityanandagaurang 

        7 years ago

        very beautiful poem Senoritaa.the meaning of poem very deep and heart touching.voted up.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Ye exactly, and its better to learn to accept it than fight it. Thanks for your insight Nikki.

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        Nikki Wicked 

        7 years ago from Louisiana

        A Kind of survival of the fittest moral to this poem. We are all on the food chain in one way or another. The circle of life.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Your comment means a lot to me. I have been so inspired by so many of your works. Thanks sofs! Let's continue spreading the love and the joy. Take care!

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        Sophie 

        7 years ago

        What a message of love... oftentimes this is what we need to hear.. we are all part of the chain called life and one man's love is another man's food.. but yet life and love flows on... Beautiful! Senorita.. you have done it again. Voting it as beautiful and awesome! Have a lovely day, my dear!

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thank you so much Dee for that wonderful comment. Pitcher plants are truly beautiful, despite their carnivorous nature.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks Rosemay. Glad you liked the message behind the poem.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a bunch AE. I am glad the essence of the poem struck you. Once again thanks for reading.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a lot Vinaya. Your heartfelt comment is much appreciated.

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        Dee42 

        7 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

        How beautiful! And you made this poem so interesting on that plant. I was looking at the awesome photos and that one photo the plant looks like it has a mouth. I loved it. Voted up.

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        Rosemary Sadler 

        7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

        A beautiful poem with a wonderful message

        Loved the images

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        7 years ago from Southern Illinois

        This is very unique. I loved it. I felt sad for the old Bee, yet his forgiving heart was touching. The pictures were perfect. Thank you.

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        Vinaya Ghimire 

        7 years ago from Nepal

        I loved the uniform rhythm in your poem. The images you present here are very beautiful.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a ton Eddy. Always appreciated. Have a great day.

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        Eiddwen 

        7 years ago from Wales

        So very very beautiful my friend and a very just deserved 'up up and away!!'.

        Take care;

        Eddy.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Ah! Thank you Frank. Your comment made me smile :)

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        That's such a huge compliment ytsenoh. Emily Dickinson is one of my all-time favorite poets. Thank you so much!

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        Frank Atanacio 

        7 years ago from Shelton

        Senoritaa Im just going to say it..this was fantastic!!!! :) Frank

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        Cathy 

        7 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

        Wonderfully written and the nature of it as well as the nature in it reminded me of Dickinson to some extent. Thank you.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thank you Caroline. Your visit is always appreciated.

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        Caroline Marie 

        7 years ago

        Beautiful poem Senoritaa and the photos are amazing! Voted up!

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        You are right Shalom. Truth is often different that what it seems, but we must learn to accept it rather than hold grudges against it. Thank you for reading. Your visit is always appreciated.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Hi Quill, nice to see you always. Your comments really make me feel precious.

        It could've been any insect, I don't know why I chose bees, just came to my mind. Sorry that you are allergic.

        Have a great day!

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a lot Debbie for brightening my day with your comment.

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        Dawn 

        7 years ago

        Senoritaa.. this is down to earth truth...what we think had nectar and what opened its arms to us, is the trap set for us... The cruel side of life.. and yet it is the way life is. Beautifully painted word pictures.. loved the imagery and the harsh but practical fact of life. Have a blessed day! Shalom!

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        Last Scribe 

        7 years ago

        I'm in love with your writing. The words you use and the way you structure them are... magnificent. Honestly, it felt like I was reading a movie, lol if that makes sense at all. The words are black on a white page, but the way you string them together make them so much more. I'm allergic to bees, but you made them look like majestic creatures. Deadly, but majestic. :)

        -Quill

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        Deborah Brooks Langford 

        7 years ago from Brownsville,TX

        this was beautifully done.. awesome poem and story.. thank you .. voted up

        debbie

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thank you Siddhartha. Appreciate your visit.

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        SiddharthaChouhan 

        7 years ago from Dehradun

        beautiful work!!!

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thanks a lot Crystar for the votes of confidence. I am glad you liked it.

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        Crystar 

        7 years ago

        Another amazing work of yours, Senoritaa! I voted up, awesome & beautiful.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 years ago

        Thank you Rahul. I am humbled by your opinion on my poetry. Happy to know you liked it.

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        Jessee R 

        7 years ago from Gurgaon, India

        beautiful poem! Another one of great works.Needless to say I am inspired by you here. Very insightful, it urges me to think beyond the normal expanses of human nature.

        Excellent thoughts! hats off

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