Through the wild jungle
As I caress all of the wild animals
You try to stop me.
I stroke the gentle panther’s fur as it sharpens its ebony claws.
I scratch under the monkey’s chin as it tears open the dripping fruit.
The python holds me gently and I look lovingly into the poisonous eyes.
The rush, the adrenaline, the noise of life courses through me
Aching for more, an addict for… god, who knows? I scale the trees.
The animals watch me, but you watch harder.
You are yelling, but now I can’t hear you. I am too high.
The bliss fills me again as I peer over the canopy treetops;
This is my place. This is the only place where I can feel.
But suddenly, I’m slipping. Again. It’s okay, I slip, but I never fall.
But then the branch starts to give way and I’m clutching at the leaves at the monkey at the python at the panther
But you’re out of reach
And I am plummeting.
But the vines catch me; but I am still up, so high.
The vines that are holding me start to tighten and so does the snake. They are choking me now. But somehow, it’s okay. I am okay.
When the vines finally snap
Your voice is the one screaming out to me.
The waves crash into the shore.
As I stay to watch some more,
A man walks up to me
And asks me what I see.
¨Old man, how could I explain
¨This other-worldly plane,
¨Where two would meet becoming one
¨Underneath that setting sun?¨
¨A crystal, rising roar
¨Will become no more
¨As it crashes into a solid ground,
¨Divided, making no more sound.¨
¨The world is much like this, silenced with a kiss.
¨At once so loud within the crowd
¨But then so silent; and after all the violence,
The screams are no longer missed.”
"The waves crash into the shore"
“It’s not a mistake.”
‘It’s not a mistake.”
My head is inverted
Fresh oxygen flows up
Light flows in
I am creating space.
“It’s a victory.”
And the words are like a razor
Shaving away the goosebumps on my thighs
Severing my shame from my skin
I am warm.
I pull my breath
I am big
My ribs tremble
My blood pushes a tidal wave
Through my palms.
‘It’s a celebration”
Air bursts from every part of me
Opening me up into the earth
I am a body
I am a soul
I am whole.
O, benevolent Death,
I could be your companion.
Great, your love for life’s creatures
walking reverent in her shadow
bringing peace to all things aching.
I could be your pupil
Nourishing life’s creations
Welcoming all into your cold embrace.
O, benevolent Death…
For holding my hands
For a long time.
I will hold your hands.
"A Hint of Green"
Surrounded by darkness
Between shattered glass
A hint of green emerges
Everything trying to suffocate it
But it stays, thrives even, for all to see
People stare, captivated by such a sight
For no one has seen this shade of green
At least not for many, many years
What could cause darkness to subside for light?
No one had the answer to this question
Therefore they waited
Days, months, years have now gone by
And within that hint of green emerged a beautiful, strong tree
So what caused darkness to subside for light?
The will to live, the need to help you breathe, and provide for you
Clean air, shelter, warmth
This seed knew that you needed it
With that it did everything in its power to survive