Giving the beans a leg up
That's what FeralLiberal suggested, and he was right. Not that I'm bragging....
I tied the bean stalk to the pole with twine, and it, er, twined quite happily. Scarlet runners! We'll see how it all comes out.
NOTE The roots in the background are "green manure." They're from the evil Norway Maple, and I ripped them out of the ground when I was extending the garden this year. I figure the center area of the beanpoles is a fine place to let them rot before I turn the soil over in the fall.