Posted: March 25, 2010 in Poetry

I helped facilitate the Ingredients workshop at Umi last night. It went really well, topped off by an amazing, 15-person team piece.

CONTEXT: July, 2008

In 2008 two of my favourite people were expecting their first child. I was honoured to be selected as one of the child’s ‘fairy godparents’.

Back before she joined the outside world, my fairy goddaughter was known as Bumblebee. I wrote this poem for her.


Bee True
Bee Strong
Bee Free
Bee brave when facing
Bee-devilment and
Bee resolute when confronted
By negativity
Bee certain of your actions
And don’t Bee indecisive
Bee willing to stand
By your decisions
But don’t Bee afraid
To admit you were wrong
Bee kind even when it
Is difficult
Because kindness is the
Bedrock of happiness
Bee giving of yourself
Because you are the
Greatest gift you can give
Bee forgiving
Because your forgiveness
Is the next greatest gift
Bee receptive to ideas and
Bee willing to learn at all times
Bee open and aware
Bee receptive without
Bee-ing naive
Bee questioning without
Bee-ing cynical
Bee wondrous and wondering
Bee practical
But not staid
Bee growing
But not hardening
Bee aware that art is not a
Bee loving and laughing
Bee the sun and the shade
Bee the rainbow, the leprechaun AND the pot-o-gold
Bee the warrior AND the princess
Bee whatever you want to Bee
Bee yourself
Bee True
Bee Strong
Bee Free

But most of all
Bee, Bumblebee, Bee


Next is a pretty popular piece about the ‘status’ of poetry vs music.

  1. Danielle says:

    Still makes me cry.

  2. Tammy MacKenzie says:

    Aw, that’s so awesome! A real fairy godfather blessing 😀

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