Otter and Squirrel

by Mary E. Lowd

The squirrel is of the sky
Belonging in branches
Stretched wide
Jumping from tree to tree

The otter is of the water
Pulled by tides
Floating trance-like
Or splashing playfully
From river to sea

What games transcend
These natural lines?
Falling leaves and swirling eddies
Sending creatures beyond
Their inherent inclinations
To discover
A closer connection

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