The best held love is love
held best through Summer’s rain.
Yet, my love, I wish for you to consider this
drizzle that does so drop decidedly
leaving wet places.
As with love’s lingering, here comes Summer’s mirth.
Rain arrives then leaves as Summer’s shyest guest
while my lethean boots transfer rain’s love
from Earth’s soil to spotless floors–
where wet dirt’s imperfect grasp falters. No matter
the grip, mud should indeed caress itself to boots
yet this does not stick. It stays only for an instance–
a magnificent flash–as boots spread muck around.
See all the smudges from my wanderings?
Lo, from on high love’s power shouts loud
with electrical bolts of thunder
ordering clouds to politely tip their heavenly
buckets spilling water of life upon Earth’s brow past
the laughter of immortal gods. Faithfully,
this is the feast that feeds all fowl, all mammal, and all snail.
So perchance, if all’s true about love, the sky,
and the Earth–as providence–then my boot prints
should surely be counted twice or even thrice
in some divine mathematics.
Behold my Earth laden boots, my love
–the souls of them–
for tonight’s rain, this shy fleeting suitor, has left
my boots with messages dear for the renewal
of the fragilest
of bonds among all Earthly things.
Thank heaven for these boots
and think not untowardly of love.
But if truth be known, I am as a man so stuck
to the purest of ideals–these things of love–
that at times I forget to bathe my feet.
Smell if you must but no, my dearest one;
my boots must stay on in your fresh house
like keeping on love’s lights.
So as the sky kisses the earth, kiss me now.
For on this floor lies the result, the oeuvre,
the sum, the lifework of all of the heavens–not
solely the travels of a mere man’s muddy boots.