— know?

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He dressed the day with clouds
   and spilled a sea of stars
      into the night
         calling each by name
  The night's aria declares 
      His deep pleasure

The universe is intoxicated with glory.

    The Autumn wind gasps
the surety of Winter

The geese, one giant wing
   a moving geometry
      that angles into the wind

How do they know? 
   where to go
   when to stop

Trees give up leaves like paper hopes
    swept into the sleepy season

The gray whale pursues the southern waters of Baja
    to warm her heavy womb

How does she know?
    how to birth
    what to eat

Spring forgives the freeze
    and laughs to live again
       in the resurrection of color
before the ferocious Summer

The dolphins' dance is
   a cadence of instinct
      in waves wooed by moontide

The Earth sounds a symphony of reverence.

We build skyscrapers and businesses and poems
   and the tides rush up and claim
      the sand castles of our dreams

      i, the crown of creation
    trifling, a mark of punctuation,
   know less than the beasts
that live and play as they ought.

139 thoughts on “— know?

  1. Thank you for liking “America’s Ancient Past: Part 2.” Wonderful poem! 🙂 I like the beautiful imagery that blossoms from your words. I enjoyed sharing your sense of wonder at the mysteries of the universe. 🙂

  2. Wonders of natures has been wonderfully described in the poem. Whatever is given by nature is the best but one thing perplexes me, as to what return gift we give to the mother nature!

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