Wild Love – October 2021

From Wild Love, 1996, by Nancy Wood (unpublished)

 

When people look at us they see

an ordinary couple edging past their prime,

not beautiful, but slack with having hoarded time.

You with your look of contentment and me

with the eyes of  a woman permanently in love

are construed as complacency by most. We are called

respectable, dependable, unremarkable. And so we live

beneath a cloak of mild deception, laughing to ourselves.

 

No one knows that behind closed doors

you and I become young again through the magic

of desire and in our bed we make wild love

until we greet the sun. Wild love is a secret love,

the kind that ordinary couples must preserve

to keep the outside world from coming in.

Limited-edition sets of Nancy’s poetry books

Six poetry books in the set

The Nancy Wood Literary Trust is selling eight sets from her original publisher boxes of Hollering Sun, Many Winters, Spirit Walker, Dancing Moons, Shaman’s Circle, and Sacred Fire. These are the last books we have. The sales will help fund the publication of a book of Nancy’s selected poetry. Includes letter of provenance from the trust. If interested please email Info@NancyWood.com.

Spirit Brothers – July 2021

From Dancing Moons, 1995, by Nancy Wood

Spirit Brothers

 

We are all one.

The human and the hummingbird

The wild horse and the weasel

The house cat and the red-tailed hawk

The buffalo and the dog

The coyote and the cottontail.

The human spirit and the animal spirit

Grow from a common root

of understanding.

Human dreams and animal dreams

Share the limitless horizon

of our precious mother earth.

The human spirit and the animal spirit

Join where the circle of the sky

meets the circle of the earth.

In this sacred space lies the meaning of the universe.

The meaning of the universe is nothing more

than the appearance of dew on a leaf or

the dance of light on water, even

the conversation between two dogs or

the way a hummingbird flies.