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JOE: a bumble bee poem

beware of bees sign

I felt bad – for a moment – to

watch the bee twitch to

see his two front legs

flail crazed on his

back jacked

from the cup

I had smushed

through his middle I


felt bad – for an instant – as

I crushed his bee head

with a rock – that


buddha stuff

says not to

kill things & I

shall very well go

to hell but it was

such a human

reaction when his

fuzzy bee bottom

grazed my

lip as I took a

sip of coffee & then


glanced in the

cup to see

the bee

so gleeful

& merry

as he

tainted the

last drop

of joe.


ryn gargulinski.02.17.13

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Bee Art: Beware of Bees – Wacky Yard Art

Bees’ knees are cute – but their stingers leave a lot to be desired. Warn folks to steer clear of the buzzing little buggers with this fun and funky Beware of Bees sign. This metal sign in the form of a bumbling bumble bee is an excellent addition to any area that flourishes with flowers and especially helpful near hummingbird feeders oozing with sweet red nectar.

Why you need it:
Do you honestly like being stung?

How I made it:
Metal yard art is created with love and care by first cutting out shape from sheet metal, filing down the edges with a Dremel and pounding out kinks with a flat hammer and anvil combination that the neighbors and my dogs hate.

Why I made it:
I still harbor a horrific childhood memory of being stung at a family picnic and resorting to eating in the car. The bees here in Tucson also invade my bright red hummingbird feeders.

Approx. 17 inches wide by 8 inches high.
Weather resistant, rust-resistant paint finished off with clear coat.
Wire loop for easy hanging. Bright yellow and black with silver white highlights.

Custom orders always welcome! If you are more annoyed by other bugs, feel free to popt for a Beware of Gnats, Beware of Mosquitoes, Beware of Flies or an umbrella Beware of Insects sign. To place a custom order or more info, e-mail