Guest Poem by Sheila Spense

have been writing poetry for about 20 years, since attending an Arvon course. I have had poems published in a number of anthologies and magazines including Orbis, The Cannon's Mouth, and Obsessed with Pipework, and have enjoyed some success in competitions such as The Hippocrates Prize, Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not and Gloucestershire Writers competitions. I am a member of Cheltenham Poetry Society.

How to know a bumblebee

Try to draw

each golden stripe
and silver-veined wing
each jointed leg and claw,

the furry bee-ness of it
busy on sun-drenched lavender.


to the bombination
and buzz of it

its hum

and hear the voice
of summer.