Ten

She loved the flower.

She adored its delicate petals

how soft they looked, how perfectly formed:

‘So beautiful are these petals, I must pluck one

claim it as my own

because everyone must be able to appreciate it

and because I adore the flower.’

 

He respected the stag

marvelled at its majesty

how infatuated he became

with its magnificent antlers;

its coat

who knew that many shades of brown existed and how

such common colours could blend to create

a pelt so extraordinary:

‘So magnificent is that stag, I must shoot it,

mount those antlers on my wall

because everyone must be able to appreciate it

and because I respect the stag.’

 

They were fascinated by the sea

what mysteries it beheld!

The waves enticed them

the coiling surf

reeled them in

and in their motor boats

they reeled in its treasures:

‘So fascinating are these creatures, we must upheave them

pull them from their coral abodes

because everyone must see how intriguing they are

and because we are fascinated by the sea.’

 

 

‘I can’t believe these wonders used to exist!’

You turn to me and say,

revealing some image of fauna long gone.

‘Truly wonderful’ I reply

but in my head I say:

If only those who spoke lovingly of nature had in their hearts

her interests

rather than their own.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eight

The wind whispers on my skin.

It’s your breath; I know it because

Though your body is far away

Your essence resides with me.
The sun kisses my shoulders.

The warmth radiates, permeates,

like a hot drink on a cool day.

It’s your mouth; I know it because

Though your body is far away

The warmth derives from within,

Not without.
The sea circles my waist;

the ebbing surf reaches and draws me in close

I move with it

As it inhales and exhales.

I’m in your arms; I know it because

Though your body is far away

I feel protected and serene;

Harmonious.
The sand embraces my body,

Holding me close and tight;

A custom fit.

It’s your body; I know it because

Though you are far away

Nothing was ever made

So perfectly to measure

As yours and mine, together.

You are here with me;

I know it because

Not even nature

Not wind, fire, water, nor earth

Could feel more

Natural

Than you to me.