Discourse with Friends
I wish I could speak with animals
in their language or mine,
What a wonder to hear each one;
What would the lion have to say
or the bird in the tree?
I might be careful speaking to Crocodile,
when he says hello I might fall in;
He might choke.
Mr and Mrs Elephant are high on my list,
so huge, yet gentle and kind.
They could tell how to rear the young;
Also tell about their fear of homo sapiens,
especially those carrying killing machines.
Their sadness and grief at bereavements,
losses of mothers, fathers and kids.
They ask why?
To comfort myself I walk into the sea,
play with the Dolphins and listen
to the bright and happy exchange.
Their spirits are high but there is a sadness too,
do you know what happened to our food?
So much is now harming our young – and us all.
Meeting Mr and Mrs Elk in the forest glade,
they said the same as the Elephants,
also added, do you know why?
What could I say?
Mankind is yet not enlightened enough,
The Sanctity of Life.
© miriam ivarson
THE BEWILDERED POET
Just sat there,
Neither happy nor sad;
No words came, all were spent.
So it seemed,
Can you listen, look,
yet not find one, a single one
lazily floating by?
Bewildered the poet sat.
She already told about the morning scent,
About whispers and hums,
about a sky, sheer blue;
In its new washed morning hue.
About troubling contrasts,
rivers of pain
as the beaten and dispossessed flowed;
In slow and defeated mass.
About the morning birds’ song,
the flower’s hue,
even Lines in the sand;
Did the words get washed away?
A tear spilled down the poet’s cheek.
c/ miriam ivarson
A bit of my heart
I send out, as I publish thoughts and dreams,
yet the heart remains unbroken;
By the act of giving.
It is a moment of “knife-edge”, a friend said,
do you give or do you withhold,
take the risk of being misunderstood
Or just ignored.
Is it the fear of being unseen,
like a child building a castle of sand
wanting praise and smiles,
To be known.
Creating is a force within,
without outlet we burst;
Let it flow with abundance,
Never to be a chore.
It is enough if a soul or two
recognise each other,
find succour in the words.
Share song and tears
with free and trusting hearts.
© miriam ivarson