Sachie loved her Granddad’s stories about the bad old days. He was so dramatic.

“Every kind of pollution. Noise pollution, light pollution, air pollution, water pollution, mind pollution. That last one was the worst, and probably the cause of all the others. People hung onto their terrible habits, even though their way of life was killing them.”

Sachie looked up at the dark sky, filled with millions of twinkling stars. “Couldn’t see any of those in the bad old days, could you?”

“Nope. Nor hear that.” Granddad indicated a night concert of owls, tree frogs and a distant train whistle. “Blessed quiet and dark, since we moved away from cars and created dark-sky sanctuaries. Back then you couldn’t hear yourself think or see a single star. But we’d best be heading for bed. Tomorrow’s a big day!”

The next day began as usual. Soon after sunrise, Sachie’s parents, Jess and Nikko, were out hand-pollinating the squash, cucumbers, melons and tomatoes. Sachie watched her Mom run her dry paintbrush over the inside of a male blossom to collect the pollen, then lightly roll the brush around the female blossom.

“We’ll have a great crop later this summer!”

Granddad told her of a time when the vegetables didn’t bear, the flowers were dying, people were going hungry.

“We lost so many bees, Munchkin. No bees to pollinate, soon there would have been no humans! But today we’re changing that!”

Sachie, Granddad, Jess and Nikko rode their bikes to the center of the settlement, where all their fellow Pollis were gathered for the big event. After years of carefully mending the soil, hand-pollinating the most bee-worthy flowers and vegetables, the beekeepers were ready to release the bee colony into the human colony.

Sachie heard a buzzing and humming and watched the swarm head for the gardens that surrounded the earth homes and windmills and shade trees.

“They like my weeds the best!” Sachie laughed. It had been her idea to let all the weeds flourish. She thought the dandelions and clover and goldenrod were just as beautiful as the roses and peonies!

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7 days ago

A heartfelt tale of the power of bees in our lives. Great description of the beautiful sights and sounds of the natural world.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
23 days ago

This is at the same time a pessimistic and optimistic picture of the future, Juma. Let’s hope the destruction of our Earth doesn’t go that far, but if it does, we need people like Sachie and her family to take care of it. Great writing!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
23 days ago

This is a wonderful story, Juma, a real joy to read. It left me feeling hope for the world. Loved it, very nicely done indeed!

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
22 days ago
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I would love to see the Aurora Borealis. I love to see the stars too. Best I ever saw them was when I was camping on the west coast of Scotland as a child. Witnessing the Perseids was incredible up there!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
22 days ago

A thought-provoking story, Juma, that gives us a glimpse of what our future might be. Action to protect our bees, thankfully, is now being taken. Sachie’s family brings hope that if the worse came to the worse, these are who we will rely on the most. Beautiful writing and I really loved the final paragraph.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
22 days ago
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It’s the same with the moths and butterflies. Many of them are reliant on ‘weeds’ as foodplants and humans are decimating verges and meadows. We need to think about our little friends because life without them, as your story describes will be very difficult!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
20 days ago

Lovely story, Juma. And it is full of hope for the future. Well done, Juma.

Lotchie

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
19 days ago

Juma, I enjoyed reading this. There is such a hopeful feel to it. I loved the line “After years of carefully mending the soil, hand-pollinating the most bee-worthy flowers and vegetables, the beekeepers were ready to release the bee colony into the human colony.” This is a stunning, hopeful story.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
7 days ago

Congratulations, Juma. So glad to see this story on the virtual podium.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
7 days ago

Congratulations Juma. A beautifully written story.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
6 days ago

Congratulations on your win, Juma.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
3 days ago
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You are welcome, Juma.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
4 days ago

Congratulations to the well deserved success with your thoughtful and insightful story, Juma. I especially admire your talent to create natural and strong dialogue.

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