(SESTINA) A form in which the last word of each verse must be the last word of the first line in the next verse. Also, all the other lines must end in the same words as the ends of lines in all the verses, in a predetermined sequence.
Beauty can be found in a million forms
Throughout nature, in all things seen and heard.
A lazy lagoon, still water, sun’s warmth
On tan sand is inviting to the eye.
Forest surrounds the lagoon, deep and lush,
Filling the day with fragrance and bird songs.
Anchor the boat and be still. Hear the songs
Of the forest dwellers, sung in all forms:
Call of cricket, twitter of finch add warmth
To the day. Strip down – I’ll avert my eye –
Dive in, swim to shore. Cool water feels lush
As you pass through it. Another splash is heard.
I, too, dive from the deck. My splash is heard
In the quiet cove, arresting the songs
For but a moment, ‘till they well up lush
Again in the fragrant air. Supple forms
Glide through the clear water beneath us. Warmth
Awaits us on the sandy beach we eye.
You slip into shallows and stand. My eye
Feasts on your glistening flesh, wet and lush
As you dance, dripping, up the beach. While songs
Of birds and bugs celebrate, they are heard
From every side as you lay down on sand’s warmth
To dry. The beach displays our footprint forms.
While you lay on the soft sand, your shape forms
A fitted nest in the beach. The sand’s warmth
Comforts you until you open an eye
To watch me approach, dripping, while the lush
Foliage emits bird and insect songs
To envelop us, the only sounds heard.
Alone here, now, our breathing can be heard
Rising and falling, while affection forms
Between us. Oblivious to the songs
Now, we are lost together in the warmth
Of the place and time. I don’t see the lush
Surroundings now. Only you fill my eye.
Beauty is born in the beholder’s eye,
While in the ear, great beauty can be heard.
Share these moments and life becomes more lush.