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The Spelling Bee
a Fable by John Pearson
Once there was a bee who could spell anything. He was from Berkeley, and his name was Busbee.
He could spell Mississippi. He could spell superkalalfrajalisticexpialadosious. He could even
cast a spell over non-spellers that would make them spell. But unfortunately what he couldn't
do was make honey.
What he really loved to do was browse through
dictionaries, leaf through encyclopedias, and enter spelling contests.
He hadn't always been so scholarly though. In high school he hadn't even gotten a bee average.
In the sixties he had been a hippie bee. He used to go to a lot of bee-ins at Golden Gate Park.
He was even in a couple of Bee movies, and had a fly-on part in one major movie – The
But his hippie days ended when he was drafted into the Seabees. When
at last he could go home, he decided it was time to settle down with his honey. She was a
Gemini, born on May 23rd – a Maybee. Her name was Phoebee. They met while circling a thistle.
She was beautiful and very intelligent, though she couldn't spell well. She had almost flunked
third grade because of her spelling. So when Phoebee met Busbee it was love at first flight! He
taught her to spell, and she taught him how to make honey. Soon they had a baybee... The proud
parents were so inspired by their infant that they wrote a 14 line poem about her. And as far
as we know this is the first time anyone has ever put a bee in their sonnet...
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