BIRDS OF PARADISE

Children in their see-through souls who whirl

Across the worlds of the beach, 

Ocean spilling past each girl

In its infinite unbridled reach,

 

Veiled against the setting past,

Full of future and the wind, 

The horizon with its bathers massed,

Earth and heavens newly twinned,

 

The glittering constellation’s rim

Starred with evening’s invitees

At the sky’s inseparable brim

Married to chaotic seas

 

As the suns of childhood dip

And, years later, reunite,

Gown and flowers in the grip

That weddings and their waves ignite,

 

Joined by sunset’s dazzling fuse

Which the universe with matches woos.