After photos by Brian Kaufman
by jessica Care moore
You must wonder where the humans
Our vision, a blurry blues behind a shy moon.
An indifferent burst of purple & yellow light
As you continue to blossom life, affirm the new day.
Uncoiling your beautiful limbs, expanding black & orange wings
Against a turquoise sky.
A necessary crack in the stone,
Spilling into lake
forced to flower.
A reflection of a people.
A constellation of questions
We wonder at your wonder.
As invisible fires full of stories burn deep into a night sky
Deeply rooted, buried inside the core of our planet
As you continue to show us
how to transform a universe of rooms.
Radiant signs of life.
Courageous greens, petaled hands of peace
Camouflaged as haiku-ed sunsets
You show up & defy odds
bloom into a symphony of colors
Oh! How thousands of tears have joined with this familiar rain
to water our possibility
How you push through bitterness,
confusion and climate change.
Still, so still – we hear every song, every wind wrestling with our
Sugar Maples, Hemlocks. Our tall oaks, red as dawn.
We contemplate our next season with anxiety, with uncertainty.
Change is a necessary sound.
You are not silent as you take over the forest, the backyard,
Our comfort zones.
Delicate and fearless.
How we envy your ability to grow
Even when the foundation is unleveled
How you shake loose all expectation
Embody a song of freedom inside the harps & strings
Spines & bones & rubbery flesh of
Small, incredible creatures.
Fierce Eagles facing their own mirrors
We are a reflection of your power.
The beautiful in between
The rise before the Fall.
We need your grace.
Now, more than ever.
Poem copyright 2020 by jessica Care moore. All rights reserved.
See more poems from jessica Care moore debuted on The Fight & The Fiddle: “Define Safety,” and “Ramadan 20 Vs COVID-19.”
Read more in this issue: Interview | Critical Review | Writing Prompt
” Courageous greens”–lovely, moving poem!