The Tango Buzz 2018 ©Janet Rayor
(Part of educational show, Ella-Bella Bee & the Pollinators)
Munching in a corn patch
A beetle scorned me,
“You think you are so cultured
But you're only just a Bee
Yes, you make honey
But your dancing? An art?
You don't sing arias! ( “like Crickets”)
Or write poetry that's smart! “
He sniffed and belittled
As I prepped my backside
"I said dance is a language
these steps, have you tried?
Dance is pure pleasure
When you vibrate your wings
A joy-full art--that tells many things:
I hop from side to side—entering the hive
It's a “Brush me!” dance—so stylists will arrive
Pollen collected from my fuzz-- feeds new Bees
Queen Bee gets a buzz
To tell the distance of snacks, I have spied
I do a figure eight, directions implied
If snacks are far I figure eight,
round dance when they are near
Count up the laps, when I waggle my rear!
And when new queens need to fly
We dance to say
Go mate with all the guys
You'll need those eggs!
We need new kin!
We shake our butts
and then we'll spin!
To find fresh digs, I spend a good half hour
To measure length and width, Up and down I scour
Buzz back to home, to chat-up this choice,
I bump and shimmy, dancing is my voice.
Us scouts dance our findings, Conga lines ensue
Each describes new digs, our sisters to woo
Who wins the most dancers when they perform
Waggled the best answer, n' leads the whole swarm,
[instrumental for dance]
Dances for a new home--Dances where to roam!
Dances to keep warm---Danger 'n when to swarm
Dances to be brushed--Dances when to mate
Dance a nice tune. . .
So new queens won't be ate!
And when new queens need to fly, We dance to say.
Go mate with all the guys--You'll need those eggs,
We need new kin!--We shake our butts, (indicating to audience to shake their butts)
Yes, we shake our butts, & spin!