alcides zodiaca - welcoming winter...

on this first day of winter
walking past the pandanus
on bukki road
the mid-afternoon 
has softened - the sun

gently filters through
this plantation 
a small anomaly 
in this otherwise authentic landscape
yet large enough
to stifle sound from the world beyond
replaced by ever present hum 
of delicate pines swaying in the breeze 

falling leaves...[?] 
no - leaves that fly...[?]
the sky is overwhelmed
and I along with it

the zodiac moths are taking flight
have taken fright
by the thousand, three score and ten
o - beautiful fear 
I cannot feel sad to have disturbed thee

I can feel only gratitude 
that I am a fortunate witness 
to this myriad of silhouettes - of iridescence 
the sky cannot compete 
with this beauty 
wings that together beat like hearts open
then settle again silent 

I walk on to find
the branches are laden with life - life
life - so brilliant - so brief

who can know the worth of all our years
be they greater than a life lived in hours
be they grateful - any - who have known such beauty 
however fleeting - be 
that precious moment

'The days of our years are threescore years and ten;
and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years,
yet is their strength labor and sorrow;
for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.'*

*Psalms 90

[images + text Bek Misic copyright 2011]