Nature is what we see

Emily Dickinson continues to inspire us.

Nature is what we see,
The Hill, the Afternoon –
Squirrel, Eclipse, the Bumble-bee,
Nay – Nature is Heaven.

Nature is what we hear,
The Bobolink, the Sea –
Thunder, the Cricket –
Nay – Nature is Harmony.

Nature is what we know
But have no art to say,
So impotent our wisdom is
To Her simplicity.

And now Emily Dickinson visits New Zealand:

Nature is what we see,
lightning flashing across the sky,
frollicking in the hills white sheep,
kumara, plums, eggs – our kai,
a glistening spider’s web.

Nature is what we hear,
wind whistling in the trees,
waves crashing on the shore,
fantail, cicada, tui,
at the zoo piped peeps of kiwi.

Nature is what we know
in the midst of suburbia –
glimpses of God –
exclamations, exhortations.
He is.

(a collaborative effort!)
(kai = Maori word for food)

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