Dlinza bedecks herself with iridescent scarab jewels

and vermilion strings of wavy-legged millipedes.

Her coiffure falls into leafy tumbles of green

with fat tendrils reaching toward the floor.


Bracket fungus adorns her feet,

over which trips the throaty thrush searching for wormy toe-jam.

She laughs with the raucous hornbill

and hums a dull, doleful dirge with the cicada.


At night the bushbaby bounds between her arms

and the monotoned fruit bat swoops around her face.

The night-loving civet dons his mask

and scampers between her legs hunting for illusive lizard and snake.


Her warm, earthy fragrance will draw you in

with the promise of a rich skin-tight embrace.


Beware lest she forgets to let you go.








Day Twenty-Two : Pastoral Poem

Today is Earth Day, so write a “pastoral” poem. Traditionally, pastoral poems involved various shepherdesses and shepherds talking about love and fields, but yours can really just be a poem that engages with nature. One great way of going about this is simply to take a look outside your window, or take a walk around a local park. What’s happening in the yard and the trees? What’s blooming and what’s taking flight?

This poem is a tribute to Dlinza, the forest around which our little town is built.

Happy EARTH DAY!  🙂