May it Continue


May the brown earth and green leaves
thrive in color and in grace.

 

May it Continue

 

May the clear air and the cumufocirrus clouds
be there in the sky and in each breath, always.

 

May it Continue

 

May the water made of sweet minerals and salt
in small streams and large rivers
flow forever and forever flow to the seas.

 

May it Continue

 

May the beautiful birds of Hawaii and
the luminous parrots of Peru fly far and fast
and may their number grow.

 

May it Continue

 

May the sun shine warm and bright

and the moon give light at night—-shining from shook foil.

 

May it Continue

 

May the deer and elk, the antelope and the ibis
move and migrate, leap and lope across plain
and wooded plateau.

 

May it Continue

 

May the whale and the dolphin and the manatee
swim deep in dark oceans and lagoons and sing.

 

May it Continue

 

May the elephants forever in families roam,
trunk to tail, trumpeting bliss.

 

May it Continue

 

May waves of warm frost linger in bush and blaze
that puts fire in the peat of loam. And let lick cry from ripe vine.

 

May it Continue

 

May the rose climb through
the cold murmur of morning dirt.
May dark mulch coax tendrils from sleep.

 

May it Continue

 

May wild words come flying from green coils and
may each breath rustle through the beard of blue moss
in the sound of song.

 

May it Continue

 

——–Thomas Rain Crowe

 

 

 

                              Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016,