Lost members of my tribe
Four were sheltered here
in the purity of spring, and the ocean all around
with its intelligent octopi, its mystical porpoises
and whales of many sizes.
One of you, eternally young, small,
soft and perfectly fragile, loving freely as a babe
sure of her mother’s arms.
The other, heavy, carrying around an irritation
that howled at everyone it saw. But I could see
the innocence painted in her eyes.
I could bless her conflict
and love her just the same.
Number three was fire, sweet as a not-too-hot sun,
warming the field with his golden colour and forthright
demands, needing to love and be loved.
The fourth was king, ancient as the night sky.
He knew the age of every tree, the faint altering stirrings
of life’s first conception. He was gentle, autonomous, giving,
with a mind that spoke in pictures.
Now they have all left for heavenly territory.
Their energies stay, and sometimes I still see them
in the hallway, on beds.
I still feel each close to my touch and I know we were blessed
to have walked so many years, needing one another, blessed
and forever remaining an essential piece
of each other’s cores.
Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “AWS Publishing” March 2017
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