I LEAVE YOU
by Laura Maschal
The great migrations of sea and sky -
of whale and warbler and butterfly.
I leave you the deep faith of hibernation,
the dark sky to see every constellation.
I leave you a meadow, an expanse of space,
long sips of summer, a slower pace,
buzzing fields and drinkable streams,
sunlit napping and animal dreams.
I leave you awe and the northern lights,
that feeling of small it reignites.
I leave you the quiet air, oh yes and seeds,
soil and microbes to grow more trees.
I leave you the planet, this breathing enfold
of bear and narwhal and marigold.
I leave you the magic of fish and of stone,
I love you, I leave just my breath and my bone.