Sylvester the Snail and the Bees Get Weird In Austin
by Susanna Sisson
by Susanna Sisson
Sylvester the snail was relaxing one day
Enjoying the peace of the garden
When a sound light as breeze was heard over the trees
And a bee softly spoke, “Beg your pardon.”
“Kind sir,” said the bee, “I’ve been sent by the Queen
With a message I must say is pressing.
My Queen needs your help to resolve our duress, and
She asks that you give us your blessing.
Sylvester the snail did not hesitate once and
He summoned his good friend the crow.
“Cheryl” he said, “Let us begin
It is off to the bee hive we go.”
Cheryl extended her wing to the ground
So Sylvester could make his ascent.
Away the three flew to the home of the Queen
Bella the Magnificent.
“Welcome kind sir,” said the Queen to the King.
“We are honored to have your advice.
For besides being kind, it is known to us all
You are also exceedingly wise.”
“Our numbers are dwindling; we lose more each day,
The situation is really quite grave!
We must find a solution, we must take action now
For the bees and the world we must save!”
The King listened to her with respectful intent
Then pondered and took a long pause
“We will gather our friends who are all quite concerned
And together we’ll take up your cause.”
The Queen and her family had gathered around
And in unison all took a bow
The Queen said to the King with the tip of her head,
“Please, sir, explain to us how?”
“We must travel quite far to the land of the dome.
It is there we will make your plea.
Do not fret Madame Queen, I am certainly sure
We will solve this great mystery.”
Bella agreed and sent one bee ahead
To find his way cross the land.
For when he returned, he would lead the rest
And together they’d all make a stand.
Cheryl the crow took flight later that night
To spread the King’s wondrous plan.
And when everyone woke the following morn
There was gathered a large caravan.
“Welcome, welcome my friends all alike.
We have gathered together to join in this fight.
We must help save the bees and our other friends, too,
Who all do so much to ensure we have food.
We have all come together from forest and farm
To make sure that the bees are no longer harmed.
We must take the long trek to the land of the dome
And once we’ve succeeded shall all return home.”
All the animals listened then gave a great cheer
“It is up to us all to protect what is dear.
If we all stand together with one single voice
The humans in charge will just not have a choice.
There is power in numbers, in a voice that is strong.
If we all stand together it shouldn’t take long
For those who cannot see forest for trees
To realize we certainly MUST save the bees.
The bees led the way like a winged parade
They formed a great arrow to follow,
So Sylvester the snail and Bella the bee
With Cheryl the crow left the hollow.
The animals all knew the path they would take
As they made their way to the dome,
But by the time they all met at Lady Bird Lake.
Their numbers had certainly grown.
For they had met others as they traveled along
Who knew of the plight of the bees,
And unlike the humans who seemed to be blind
The creatures saw forest from trees.
Sylvester escorted Bella the Queen
To her new hive inside the great dome.
The bees were all waiting and did a fine dance
To welcome the majestic Queen home.
Sylvester and Cheryl returned to the lake
Where the others were gathered about
He devised a great plan and enlisted the bats
He knew numbers would have the most clout.
The king spoke to the bats living under the bridge
Who were at least 2 million strong.
And later that night as the sun crossed the bridge
They took flight in a synchronous throng.
The sight was familiar to all who lived there
Many watched the array with delight.
But to those who knew bats, it was suddenly clear
There was something quite different that night.
The bats flew a formation that said PLEASE SAVE THE BEES
The amazed crowd sent up a loud ROAR!
For even in Austin where “weird” is avowed
No one’s ever seen that sight before.
And lining the bridge as the bats took flight
Was another incredible scene
There were critters and people who stood side by side
About to make history.
So the onlookers watched as the colony flew
Into the air with a whoosh!
The bats circled around and then hovered above
Then they moved down Congress Avenue.
The folks and the animals followed along
It was such an incredible sight
For the bats to lead people and critters downtown
Into the dark Austin night.
People gathered on sidewalks; they pulled over their cars
Willie Nelson was singing and playing guitar.
It became a procession that moved through the streets
As the crowd joined the others to help save the bees
To the steps of the capitol, everyone marched
With Sylvester and Cheryl leading the charge.
What happened next is amazing indeed
And to think it began with just one little seed.
What Sylvester had done was make everyone think.
Just what WOULD happen if the bees go extinct?
No flowers, no honey, no fruit trees or vines
Nothing to eat and not very much time.
What started in Austin caused a ripple that night
Those who were present continued the fight.
They talked to their friends and to strangers they’d meet
And asked them to PLEASE, PLEASE HELP SAVE THE BEES.
Because it’s not up to one, it is up to us all
To protect all God’s creatures,
The large and the small,
For the good of the Earth, this great spinning ball.
So, the story went viral, it traveled the globe.
From China to Russia to both the earth’s poles.
That the bats had a message all people should hear
If we don’t save the bees, we have so much to fear.
Finally, Sylvester had people’s attention
Although it took many to get them to listen.
He didn’t want credit, he didn’t want fame
But still to this day the bees whisper his name.