The Pairing of Waterfowl

They may pass restrictions on public shows
of affection as spring weather appears;
even as the snow melts and the ice floes
recede, their frozen hearts play on our fears,

telling the world only of love’s dangers,
insisting it be explored only in private,
so that we live our whole lives as strangers.
Yet even a child sees madness in that

when spying a pair of ducks romancing,
an amorous splashing there in the pond,
their green and brown feathers merged in sunlight.

It is only the universe dancing,
which reminds us to sometimes look beyond
our limited sense of morals and right.

08 MAR 2003

for LJ user seamusd

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