When I return to earth & am reborn,
I want not to be a velvet rose with painful thorn,
I want not to be a dragonfly, or tall strong tree,
No albatross flying over sparkling cyan sea,
No human, no beast, no beautiful bloom,
No babe in womb, no ivy-draped tomb,
Lord, send me not to balmy-palm-clad isle,
Not to forests with streams, nor the ancient Nile.
Not to deserts with shifting dunes,
Not to meadows dappled with moons.
I ask you please to give me ebony plume,
Sunshine-beak, beady eye & voice of tune,
Let me be a simple, joyful blackbird,
Please don´t let my prayer go unheard,
Place me in Gibraltar´s Alameda Garden,
Where my heart would never, ever harden,
Where blooms are kissed by Levante´s dew,
Where trickling fountains remind me of you,
Where leaves, ferns & fronds abound,
And life on earth, within, resounds.
Where graves of long-gone children sit,
Among tropical shrubs still & moonlit,
Where foliage from the old world & new,
Blossom beneath Gibraltar´s sky blue,
Where breezes waft & two oceans meet,
Where Gibraltar´s straits lie calm & replete,
Where Atlantis deeply lies & Africa smiles,
Wed by so-few promising watery miles,
While Alameda breathes a contented sigh,
I, as the blackbird in my shadowy nest shall lie.
© Sue Lobo
Excerpt from the book “Wild Whisperings”
About the Author
Sue Lobo is the author of three books of her experiences in Africa, a poetry book “Africa My Africa” which is poetry reflecting African life in the terrible apartheid era in South Africa & “Lollipops of Dust”, her autobiography, of a child´s view of living in colonial Africa, in the Kalahari desert, with all the magic of what the old Africa had to offer. Her last book “The Last Dance” was published by Creative Talents Unleashed. She has also participated in eleven poetry anthologies with other very talented poets & has won a couple poetry competitions in Gibraltar & Spain. On occasions she has written requested epitaphs and elegies for families of departed souls. She is married to a Spaniard, with two grown up sons & presently lives in Spain. The sale of this latest collection of animal themed poetry called “Wild Whisperings” published by Creative Talents Unleashed will go entirely to Save The Rhino Fund.
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