Collaboration between myself and Nyanfood
you have all held the smooth iron
of weathered bark, solid and light
you have felt the old strength that radiates
like God rays through your fingertips;
you have tasted the air around the riverbank
clear and cold, fresh from its mountain escapades
it has the essence of new life and energy,
tangible to even the smallest of humans.
all have paid tribute to the brimstone
of the lightning storm, Zeus' horses
dancing through the hemisphere;
all have witnessed the terrible beauty
of the hurricane, she who stops for no man -
I am the elements, strong and nurturing,
relentless and immovable, proud and free.
The winter winds caress me,
the summer breeze carries me,
the spring hails my presence,
and the autumn is my crown -
I am the elements, and I am whole.
I have held close the worn skin
of battered stones, heavy with blood
the torn strength that escapes like sand flowing
through the cracks of my palms.
I have breathed the wind around the gallows
dank and rancid from our human excuses
it has the essence of wasted energy
tangible to even the hairs of nature
All have paid tribute to the brimstone
of mortal crimes, Hades' dogs
ripping through human confidence;
all have tasted the fearsome beauty
of Avarice, she who was my creation -
I am humanity, fearing and waning,
relentless for survival, proud yet trapped.
The winter winds cut me,
the summer breeze burns me,
the spring brings me hope,
and the autumn feeds me -
Alone I am sinful, and together
I am whole.