Did you know that
the forest is rejoicing in you?
On the forest floor, this June,
Galax is blooming,
tall white candles lining the path
where you walk.
The rain, the plentiful blessed rain
has filled each lake and stream
and draped each stone and hard place
with brilliant green mosses,
each stone a small village of miniature trees,
For you, the air is cold and sweet,
redolent of the ferment of humus,
the lush bed of new life laid before you.
For you, the soft breeze on your tired skin
cleanses you of all your worries,
and overhead, fit for any blushing bride,
mountain laurel in impossible numbers
bloom in your lover’s bower.
Loving you! Loving you!
Loving your being, breathing with you,
exhaling with each of your inhalations.
She welcomes and embraces each cell you offer here.
In the cold recesses of the wild deep cataracts
that pour out your welcome, layer upon layer,
the sun breaks through in rays, brilliant yellow-green.
She pours out her joy, yes,
she crashes into the black pools,
just for the joy of being here,
just for the joy of you.
Annelinde Metzner copyright June 14, 2009