Did you ever see a kingfisher on a winter's beach?
topaz and turquoise jewelled, poised by a rock pool
take my hand and see with me.
Did you see the dawn's soft honey mists
curling from the river, flowing, rippling by a thousand shades of green and bronze
take my hand in your hand and walk with me
Did you hear the ocean roar around the rocky houseless islands
where seals and glossy black sea birds with emerald eyes stare back at you with trust
And twenty thousand prehistoric gannets wail at you and sail the airwaves everywhere
Your mind swims in all the beauty and the wonder
The tapestry of gorgeous memories
of leaf and rock and sky and living things
take my hands in your hands
and share the loveliness of life and minds.

Copyright © 2002 Gila Atwood

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