With A Lion In My Cry
For my wife, on her birthday, after 25 years of marriage
I come to you today With a heron on my shoulder With a jaguar in my eye With a monkey in my laugh With a lizard in my look With a fish in every whisper, I come to you. I come to you today With a flower in my mouth With a snake around my waist With a cougar in my care With a kitten in my touch With a pig in every wish, I come to you. I come to you today With a rabbit in my leap With a bull in my desire With a leopard in my heart With a lamb in my delight With a lion in my cry, I come to you, I reach for you, I reach for you and hold you dear Until such time As loving teaches us How each of us must finally Die. Then how we tremble, oh my darling, How we blossom on that day. How we gather all together. How we mingle: How we fly!