32. In love with the wind
© Bruce Goodman 22 July 2017
(The poetic form selected for this month is the ghazal).
Let us dance at the top of a hill, in love with the wind;
Twirl, outstretched arms, in fields, like a mill, in love with the wind.
Kettle drums pound out the rhythm, the trumpets play fanfares;
Clarinets, flutes, and piccolos trill, in love with the wind.
On sleds on a slope, hair all atumble, mouths all agape –
Faster! Faster! They scream loud and shrill, in love with the wind.
The students kick footballs; they tussle and sweat as they brawl.
The ball soars up higher and hangs… still… in love with the wind.
Fires in forests, prairies, and farms show little mercy,
They stampede through landscapes all at will, in love with the wind.
Leaves in the autumn skate circles, waltz waltzes, turn cartwheels,
These joy clowns of leaves, they know the drill – in love with the wind.
Arthritic and shaky, slightly deaf, unable to dance,
Bruce sits quiet and watches. No, not ill - in love with the wind.