Listening (Diane Elliot)

On the balcony
outside my window
doves drinking dew
are messengers of fire.
Wild parrots ululate,
shriek their desire:
"mate, mate!"
Bees methodically
a figoa tree.
a curtain of fine, orange cotton
I view
sky, leaves, buds, sun.
is digging in my garden,
urging me
“Plant now, don’t wait”?

From “Burgeoning Love: A Poem Cycle Based on the Song of Songs.” Used with permission of the author. Diane Elliot is a rabbinical student and instructor in Conscious Movement.

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