Leave thy branch beneath thy feet, flutter through the air
Smell the water of a passing cloud, without a single care
Be the elusive essence of beauty that all know as such
A flutter as fair as this, be it not softer to the touch?
So they come with nets and things, to take it all away
Though keep thy beauty in a cage, it passes like the day
Quick and unpredictable, with very little fight
Stunned like Eros when Psyche fell before his sight.
Hatch from the egg casing a new world upon the eyes
Everything for what it really is, uncovered are the lies
Eat the green from leaf to leaf, build the body full
Dodge beak of bird and army ants, avoid the stinging pull
Find yourself a secret place right beneath a leaf
Coast is clear with no one near, cocoon into your heat
Be it dark, be it dank, with not a friend in sight
Cell by cell or wish by wish, build thy wings of light.
by Kevon Simpson 2013 ©
Poem from Grammatology