rainforest ecstasy (from tropical pacific to arctic climes)

            – for the river that runs through us

tangerine monkeys spring

                                                      on ancient banana feet

                   applaud(dash)ing

                                                            ecstatic

starCries announcing

                                                                  trap(ezery)

                              Hummingbirdtelegrams twist

                                                                        fire

(choose)rush of breath

                                          a blueprint electric

            of dots-and-dash

                                                                  across apricot tiger flats

kinkajous plunge

                                                swing

                        on curtailing amaze

                                                and moon-faced NightMonkey wakes

at dusk

                        to sail the new moonship Iguana

                                    hush

                                                                  dragons are fireflies

                              the forest ahum

                                                                        plummeting

                  Harpy Eagles fly

                                    upside(suddenly)down

            and Quetzal feathers whisper

                        come hug

                                                                        the chanting edge of Dolphins

                  their erotic brother wears a coat of rain

                                    knows

it takes the swaddling stillness of Penguins

                                                to keep the balance of things

                  and little leaf-nosed bats track

                                                ground lightning—

                              wing(thunderclap)

                                    upon wing

 

Melissa Reed

About Melissa Reed

Melissa (Mei An) Reed is an International Baccalaureate Professor of English A Literature and Composition, English B, Theory of Knowledge, Literature in Performance, and Theater Arts. She has been teaching for over seven years in various countries, including Malaysia, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and China. She is also a published scholar who studies with her students literature’s soul-mending powers. Portland is her home, where during holidays she reflects on the life of teaching and soul mending through poetry. Reclaiming Persephone’s Choice reflects on the tender Icarus and Andromeda, inner archetypes often drowned out from recognition in today’s media-driven, global warrior-pirate cultures and how teachers like Persephone accept to journey into the dark depths of the inner underworld to bring out the sparks of light and creative powers within their students.
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