I spent the day with swans
sending secret messages about
beauty, elegance, and power.
I chatted with spider monkeys
posing with purpose
for photographic evidence
of their importance.
Later their friends, not on display
played a mirror game with me
across the distance of grass and gates.
If I do this
you do this too.
Remember the child in you.
I communed with an owl
staring into his deep, soulful eyes
and finding my own feminine divine
Circles within circles of spiritual power.
I watched mother and daughter coatis
frolicking in their cage
from top to bottom and in between.
Then my daughter conquered the hippo.
Zoo cages always make me sad,
but the animals have voices that I can hear
when I take the time to listen
A gem of hidden trees and green
in the middle of a prairie town
is my nearest connection
to the Grail.