Let Me Kneel
Let me kneel upon the Earth
Raise my eyes to stormy skies
Let raindrops fall and silent slide
Down these old cheeks of mine.
Let me dig feeble fingers into fecund
Mud and grime, the fertile soil
Of Mother Earth.
Allow worms to squirm and slip
Through wrinkled fingers splayed
Let me sense the snail’s slime
Or butterflies breath and beating wings.
Let me wade in oceans blue and white
Feel waves lap at shoeless, happy feet
Let sand slip away with each lapping wave
Let waters so chill send tingling thrill
Through this ephemeral body still.
Let me press my forehead to kauri or miro tree
Bark to skin, sap and sweat mingled free
Hongi now, we share, we exchange our breath
Carbon, oxygen, shared elements of time and space
Let me partake of this endless, timeless cycle
Return and give, I am because you live.
Let me stand with storms and winds
Buffeted by elemental eddies and vortices.
Let my hair be blown now
Tussled, tangled by timeless truth.
Let me lay in open fields where shining sun
Warms and caresses naked limbs
Let photons dance and play
Synthesize with every leaf of green
Let life emerge and death dissolve.
Let me gaze with mournful eye
Upon moon’s reflected light, a monthly sight
Let stars collapse, be born in galaxies
Far away, yet close enough to share
Mystery, magic, and myths of time.
Let me one final, fruitful time
Kneel upon the earth, my time to give
My closing gift, my last offering
Let me lay, as all will some day
Breath my last and say farewell.