This body so slow to grow
so long to love herself
This body an improbable hickory
an untabled olive 
an unbeamed white oak
This body the wide indifferent ocean
the exotic elusive exomoon
the encircling balm of sea
the long long row home
This body a cardinal northern and crestless
a turkey wild and low in flight 
a woodpecker pileated and laughing
a bobwhite precocial and evasive
a hummingbird ruby throated and untreatened
This body     this body     this body 
“having outlasted some of/myself” from “Learning to Swim” by Elizabeth Bradfield posted, 12 June 2017, in “Poem-a-Day |”