Song 51

I take off my clothes for you

Listen as your magic footprints

S
W
I
R
L

Through
Lips
Of
Tangled
Kelp

S
W
O
O
S
H

Along
The
Stone
Corridor

S
W
I
S
H

Through the cleft in the rock

Encircle my exuberant manhood

Till
I

Roar with delight

Within the thousand jubilant kisses 

Of
Your
Man

Honouring

Love

 4/2/13

 Whakapapa: written after a holiday at Anatori in the Golden Bay. In the late afternoon, as the tide came in, I found a long sandstone formation (the stone corridor) along which the tide was swishing in & out. There was a cleft in the rock to the side of the passageway in which a person could sit. I took off my clothes & sat with my eyes closed waiting till the tide of water whooshed over me swiftly immersed me up to the neck. When the incoming tide did this I roared with joy & exaltation. The ‘you’ in the poem is Nature or Beauty or the Sacred Feminine (as lover). The poem is influenced by a feminine voice heard while waking: ‘I’d take off my clothes for you & listen to your magic footprints.’ (4/2/13) 

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