The world gave off a wildness its body abundant. Blessed at the end of a long day with the balance of necessity. Complex in its simplicity not taking more than needed. Universal, a final destination, death without fear under the long round shadow of the sun. Today most don’t understand what nature says. It knows how to speak. So much to share. It calls out again and again. Telling the truth, but now no one listens.
We were already here one in our harmony. When you arrived it was early in the day, you were as vulnerable as we were. An era no one recalls lost between sunrises and sunsets you found your way searching like us for a place to survive in a maze of land and water. Then you discovered from your very first steps the sound of your own voice over flinted fire which burned as brightly as you did. Between continents aglow in discovery, reproduction seemed to stretch from here to eternity ravenous for all we had readily shared now, you consume all in your sight and have become our adversary.
Of the waves on the sea its tide dances, late evening glows below sunken mysteries. Plankton on the surface, moon rising high, mammals float in a rhythm, in this place that’s their home. Plastic pieces just lifeless souls interfere with these moments. invaders robbing what they know. Quiet dying beasts vanishing when no one’s looking, washing upon shores in this place that’s their home.
©2023 TAK Erzinger
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…is an award-winning poet. Her collection At the Foot of the Mountain (Floricanto Press California, 2021) won the University of Indianapolis Etching Press, Whirling Prize 2021 for best nature poetry book. It was also a finalist at The International Book Awards 2022, Willow Run Book Awards and Eyelands Book Awards. Erzinger’s forthcoming poetry collection Tourist (Sea Crow Press, Massachusetts) is due out in spring 2023. Erzinger is an American/Swiss poet and artist with a Colombian background. She lives on a foothill of a Swiss alp with her husband and cats.