On the mantle above my desk


Where I sit at the computer, hands at my keyboard


Writing, fingers typing, thinking


There is a collection of stones, pebbles, figures


Toys gathered in a few uneven rows


Nick-knacks, chess pieces, a Lego-man, Stormtrooper


At the center, in the middle, a push-toy


A small figurine made from wood dowels, and beads


Made to stand on a platform; a platform


A pedestal, green, and raised, like a stage, or a dais


Red flowers, and white, painted round



Atop that little step, stood a creature like a bee (a bee with four legs)


A bee with black wings, red nose, and smiling


Curls of black hair poking through a blue cap


Pick it up and push, push into the base


Push the button and release the tension in the wires


Wires threaded through its beaded legs


The smiling bee will lift for a moment, and fall to the side


A simple toy


For simple times


The falling figure


The friendly bee


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