2007. Ben Frost. I LAY MY EAR TO FURIOUS LATIN (published text)

The closed box
To open it is to risk attack by its contents
We fear what we do not understand
The box is locked and therefore it is dangerous

A beehive in a public space
The swarm
Hidden from view
Whispering languages we don’t understand

Do they want to hurt us?
Is this secure?

The singular harmless insect
The swarming killer mass
Rage and Alchemy
Guarded secrecy.