"I Shall Learn"
Shush, do not fear. I shall speak to you again.
I have not been mad at you, and you know
I love you dearly.
Shush, do not cry. You shall open my mouth
and sing your beautiful song again.
You are my moon, my tide, my winds.
I have been foolish: I thought I saw you
there, dancing in the rays of sunshine
on the surface of the water.
I thought you were eluding me as playful light.
I know now, I had chained you
to the bottom of the lake.
I shall smother your crooked feathers,
take you in my hands, and walk to our creek.
You shall teach me to be sweet again.
Then the morning, which I have been sleeping through,
will return to be the blessing it has always been,
I shall learn not to live without you, my soul.