The group commences to sing.
Sun hides, air thins with cooling,
lean shadows go grey to black-violet.
Stage is set; I am the audience.
Their stridulation uncaps peace,
an elixir of sudden happiness,
and they are busy romancing.
How hard is the work of seeking mates,
the mute females invisible to me yet ready?
Love is not the point or the promise
not the favor or reward.
Songs rise and pause, stake out the night
with aggressive beauty, concoct a spell
I do not care to break.
Will the females not dare speak, are they
breathless with knowledge and mystery?
Heat lingers just beyond my skin,
music weaves among thickets,
stars beam with power and water stills.
Stolen songs carry my body, soul;
eyelids close for a flash of dream.
Love has meant so little, so much.
How simple to sing for coupling and
fear no–hold no–other expectations.
The crickets pulse with late summer, feel
my footsteps as I seek them out–
for good fortune yes, that, too–
and they fall silent as my ears shyly
wait for the next song to bring me
more gifts of this luxuriant night.
A remembrance of things.
A wholeness of life being lived.