O you who dance among the trees
With endless grace and tireless ease
Would it disrupt your song to speak
Of who you are and what you seek?
We circle through the forest green
In patterns left to you unseen
And when the sunlight lights the sky
To other places we must fly.
O you who fly into the night
With eyes that shine like stars and light,
Please tell me now where do you run
When you depart from day and sun?
With light that you will never see
We travel over rock and tree
Yet in the blazing glare of dawn
Our own devices must be gone.
O you who flee from sun and day
With strange enigmas you must play
To be so wary not to tell
Of who you are and where you dwell.
We would inform you of our thought
Yet even willing we could not
Albeit you will wonder why
We must instruct you not to pry.
O you who live behind fair guise
With masks complex and hidden eyes
Your will I do not understand
To cast aside a searching hand.
We know not how to make you see
Our use of words is not so free
The only thing that we can say
Is not to look for us this way.
O you who walk the other side
With ways you are compelled to hide
Though I would gladly know your lore
I will depart and ask no more.
We beg you not to leave our sight
And ride to long-forgotten light
Your presence cannot be so wrong
We bid you stay and hear our song.
O you who beckon with your smile
With beauty somehow filled with guile
Though you may change your mind and heart
With thought of danger I depart.
Alas! another one is lost
We cannot bear the heavy cost
Of longing to reveal our ways
Yet cursed until the end of days
To never let another know
Of why we wander to and fro
And of our dreams and of our thought
And of the closeness we have sought.
So on we dance among the trees
And wait until another sees
And maybe this time he will find
The center of our tangled mind.
- Amanda Baggs -