Walk Wisdom

I walk by a spirit-flowing river, Saraswati’s child

By life-surrounding life-affirming plants

Greeting each one

A kiss here, a stroke there,

A sigh of admiration to the peach blossomfile0001505343813

 

 

As each week moves the hands of the cycle around

More old friends return in at their appointed time

Catkins and pussy-willow

Fruit trees bringing bees to life

But always a word with Great Uncle Walnut

 

 

The crowd of football-chanting dandelions has

In its turn, grown silent and ghostly, floaty

Hoarse perhaps from shouting.

They send me confetti

For joining in their songs with laughter.

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The catkins now are set, the hazel crop will thrive

So I bless each tiny foetal nut, squirrel-destined

Finally Great-Uncle Walnut

Growing tired of patience

Hurls his own, thumping great catkin in my face

 

 

I put my hands upon his trunk to murmur thanks

But am shaken off as if by gnarled and irritable hands

Love all, the pretty, posy-small

But love also the ugly, old and bent

Pocketing my walnut gift, I kiss him gently.

 

 

And wisdom came home in my pocket today.napo2014button2

 

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