I’m transfixed by a pair of bees, not bees searching for pollen, gold bees in the museum at Heraklion, each with a leaf of wing and circle of eye balancing the other. The beautiful segments  of their abdomens curve until they conjoin in copulation. The two nurse a drop of honey. When I try to imagine the refined lady who lived in painted rooms being robed, then adorned  with the necklace on which this jewel hung what I see is the gold that lay behind this gold—  bowlfuls of fruit with matt green and glistening  black skins, fruit which pleased…

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