Ken Boddie in beBee in English Ambassador • beBee Jan 7, 2017 · 4 min read · 2.3K

Some o' Me Poems and Proverbs - Vol I

Some o' Me Poems and Proverbs - Vol I

Producer posts are our front line business, our raison d'être here on beBee, but what about our comments and responses, the worldy statements and advice that we pass on to our fellow bees, as a statement of our appreciation of the effort that they have put into our entertainment and perhaps our enlightenment?

So here is a taste (a sampler if you will) of my selected words of unworldly wisdom, some near poetic, others a folly of fuzzy frollicks, vocalised in response to some of your posts, and written in the first couple of months after the birth of beBee Producer. 

I'll test the waters and kick off with a challenge from Kevin Pashuk to produce a limerick, given the first line, to which I responded with:

There is a young Ken from Australia,
Quite fond of his paraphernalia,
He hoards all his books,
In crannies and nooks,
So he can choose words to regale ya.

Sucked in by an enticing buzz from Donna-Luisa Eversley on 'engagement" :

'Views' are good news!
'Shares' answer prayers!
But 'comments' enforce,
True engagement, of course!

A comment inspired by a post from Ali Anani :

Honesty spreads like honey, pure and sweet,
Bringing trust along,
But once the sting of lies is felt,
All trust is gone.

In response to a hilarious phalic scarf picture posted by Lisa 🐝 Gallagher :

When the blues come a knockin'.
Pink scarves start a shockin'!"

Inspired by a post from Sara Jacobovici :

'Motivation' is the vehicle that keeps us on our chosen route in business, 
And helps us to negotiate obstacles on the way, 
While 'experience' provides the fuel to ensure we are being propelled forward. 
Without either, we are at a crossroads of complacency, 
Merely admiring the view on an amber light.

Inspired by posts from Pascal Derrien and Sara Jacobovici :

Mottos motivate the bee,
So 'Bee Yourself' is what we'll see,
When you're seeking motivation,
And would like some pollination,
Choose a clever metaphor,
So bees come buzzing at your door.

Not sure the association for this one - perhaps in response to a post by Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman (but not really sure who) :

I'm glad if you're glad,
'Cause 'happy' beats 'sad'!

The hive, 'Interesting Engineering, Technology and Discoveries', was slow to start and so I helped out Lada 🏡 Prkic with the following kick-start:

Found something wow?
And need to know how?
Then this is the hive,
Where things come alive,
We'll all join forces,
And pull our resources.

I didn't note the inspirational buzz for this one :

MacBook is my tool of choice,
Safari help's me throw my voice,
Keep your Google Chrome and pc,
Apple Mac's for me and beBee!

Nor for this one, although it was obviously one of our fair damsel lady bees :

Staying up late can get things done,
Well away from everyone,
But for your youthful face to keep,
Don't forget your beauty sleep.

Kevin Pashuk posted a buzz with himself as a young caped crusader.  John Lennon completed the inspiration:

You may say you're a dreamer,

But you're not the only one,

I hope some day you'll find your cape,

And the world will be so much more fun.

I responded to a comment by Louise Smith  and others on a series of food posts with : 

Fruitcake and haggis should never meet,
Or your tummy will tell you it's time to retreat.

A comical image of a cute caterpillar was posted by Kevin Pashuk, with a challenge to add a rhyme. I also Photoshopped a large boot above it:

Sorry, little fella, you were oh so cute and bright,
Sorry, little fella, you were such a pure delight,
Pity you were slow my friend, timing wasn't good,
Pity that I wasn't really looking where I should,
Sorry, little fella, deary me and golly gosh,
Sorry, little fella, now you're caterpillar squash.

Rod Loader told a magic tale guiding us towards minding our manners, and so :

Thank you for your honey tale,
The moral's plain to see,
Please and thank you cannot fail,
A must for each beBee.

I've used this one a few times as a welcome for newBees :

Like every happy bee,
I cruise around, just buzzin',
So I can guarantee,
I'll see you out there, cousin.

I was inspired by a photograph of Canadian geese, posted by Kevin Pashuk :

No large gaggles of geese here in Oz,
Only crocodiles who lie in wait in golf course billabongs,
For Canadian tourists to miss the freeway. 
Either way they lose their balls.

Interaction following a magnificent and captivating video by Mamen 🐝 Delgado :

Glad I could assist you, Mamen,
Never was there doubt,
Poets are in all of us,
Just waiting to get out.

This was part of a challenge initiated by Dean Owen :

Any time you guys are stumped,
For words to make a start,
Call on me, I'm always pumped,
'Cause poetry's my art.

A tugboat post by Kevin Pashuk prompted this :

Good analogy, Kev; tugboats are the muscle of the harbour. 
Small and squat, they do the moving and shaking without any fuss. 
The large cruise liners may be the queen bees of the ocean, 
But the tugs are the worker bees.

Lisa 🐝 Gallagher posted on the subject of sexual assault, to which I lightened the mood with :

Dads who have a boy child only have one boy in the neighbourhood to worry about; whereas 
Dads with a girl child have all the boys in the neighbourhood to worry about!

Some of you may have noticed that Kevin Pashuk and I disagree on whether Canon or Nikon is the best tool of choice :

A Canon for me, a Canon for me,
If it's no a Canon, it's nay use tae me,
The Nikons are braw, the Pentax an a',
But the cockie wee Canon's the pride o' them a'.

- with apologies to the original Scots song "A Gordon for me".


Inspired by a Gert Scholtz post on keeping things short and simple :

Remember to KISS,

Don't take the piss,

And we won't miss,

A life of bliss.

This one may have been inspired, I think, by Donna-Luisa Eversley (not sure who) on a beach pollution post :

If beaches could talk then surely they'd say,
Don't leave your litter when you go away,
Why spoil the view that others enjoy,
So take home your plastics, now there's a good boy.

This is my Ode to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) following a moving post by Dean Owen :

Grief never leaves us,
She answers not our why's,
She hugs us like a shadow,
And refuses our goodbyes.
She's there lest we forget,
When our loved ones slip away,
That their spirit lives in what we do,
And everything we say.


The Good News is - this is the end of Vol I.

The Bad News is - there's plenty more where this lot came from!!!!!


When not researching the weird or the wonderful, the comical or the cultured, the sinful or the serious, I chase my creative side, the results of which can be seen as selected photographs of my travels on my website at:

The author of the above, Ken Boddie, besides being a sometime poet and occasional writer, is an enthusiastic photographer, rarely leisure-travelling without his Canon, and loves to interact with other like-minded people with diverse interests.

Ken's three day work week (part time commitment) as a consulting engineer allows him to follow his photography interests, and to plan trips to an ever increasing list of countries and places of scenic beauty and cultural diversity.

Fay Vietmeier Oct 12, 2019 · #71

#70 @Ken Boddie
Once I get through a current season of challenges ... I'll be tapping the mind machine: to rhyme & producing honey
Ken~ Wishing God's rich wisdom & blessings upon you, your family ... and your life.
In His Light~Fay

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Ken Boddie Oct 10, 2019 · #70

Come join the party, Fay,
You’re just in time,
No need for gifts, OK?
Just bring a rhyme. 🤣
... or two
... or three

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Fay Vietmeier Oct 10, 2019 · #69

#68 @Ken Boddie
"Bee-licious" to have found your "Bee-lightful" sense of humor

The mind can be a thought machine …
But rhyming words … no easy thing ;~)

Most of of my poems are longer but I'll share these Haiku written on my Birthday to share:
Savor time today
Life hour-glass is rushing ;~)
Grate-FULL is my heart

Decades slipping by
Choices made cannot be changed
Nor life rearranged

Son-Light every day
Possibilities unfold
Where will my heart lead?

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Ken Boddie Jan 9, 2017 · #68

#67 This one's purely for the photo, Lyon. I borrowed it from the owner of the house, when my wife and Indonesian family visited their old birth place in Palembang, North Sumatra. Don't even have a motor bike licence. 😟

Lyon Brave Jan 9, 2017 · #67

I used to love those little motor bikes. I had a white Honda. They are a lot of fun.

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Paul Walters Jan 9, 2017 · #66

#65 Ah touche Mr Boddie!!!!!!

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Ken Boddie Jan 9, 2017 · #65

#62 yes @Paul Walters .....
You can't fool a traveller,
Who knows Indo slang.
The trees are Sumatran,
The place? - Palembang

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Lisa Gallagher Jan 9, 2017 · #64

#63 haha, I can't top that. You would look awful funny as me....... We are who we are......... be glad we aren't flea's.

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