Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Love: the distance

Warthogs: Skukuza 2007
Sang Happy Birthday to her voice mail.
Cell turned off or out of signal range.

Stealth at Kruger Park perhaps.
Avoiding elephant sight-lines and lions

with empty stomachs. Twenty five students
accounted for and safe.

Heavy cameras and sweaty note books
gathered before sundown.

Our ancient crackling noise
from another life, far away

vaulted until she returns
presses the message playback

to find us there.  Echoes
remembering the day she was born.

(Threads: Poems from the Web of Life, Canadian Unitarian Council 2009)

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