The queens have gathered from neighbouring colonies:
their clothes are yellow like the drones.
The workers perfect every hexagon, pentagon.
The queens have signalled a calling:
their mouths are piercing like the king prawns.
The workers slave to clear every hexagon, pentagon.
The queens have stepped aside from distant colonies:
their eyes are stern like the drones.
The workers move to allow for their feast.
Rishan Singh is a poet who lives in Durban, South Africa. He received the Golden Key International Award for outstanding academic accomplishment in 2008. In 2014, he was among the 5 finalists at the eThekwini Municipality Library Awards, an event where he had been chosen from 20 semi-finalists. Although his poetry has appeared in publications in South Africa and overseas, he is regarded (by many) as being an international leading scholar. He has also been a participant in the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Awards competition, an annual awards competition hosted by the Jacana Literary Foundation in South Africa.