I’ve always enjoyed Mary Oliver’s nature based themes and spiritual themes. The last stanza of this poem with the lines, “…lights up the deep and wondrous/drownings of the body/like a star” is gorgeous. I think of the spirit like that–this beautiful light that lives in form, much to its dismay at times. The poem of mine is about finding love and peace in simple moments in nature. Magic happens in the now.
Give me guilt free days in an endless
dreamland of bright green fields—
wild alyssum and newly hatched monarchs
a few feet away from our heavy heads.
We’ll rest on a quilt my grandmother made
and tell each other a few stories from our lives.
Our kisses might lead somewhere later than night,
or not, but our ties to earth and heaven
will be loosened, long enough to breathe
out complicated molecules of our pasts
and create a glorious, enviable,
present tense life.
© 2012 by Tricia Barker