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Upon being asked why he exists...

to the earth,
touched by evening come;
a sepia, salt skimmed cratered moon
crawls to the crux of sky
to breathe, to cant-
it cries to the rhythm of tide,
to dark, disheveled hidden
it calls to the lone Patoo’s eyes
to a writers pen and a shriveled heart;
for this the island thinks it exists


for the Heliconias,
harped against the backbone of a Guinepp tree;
their copper sheen, sea green leaves strut over the hedge
like begging palms,
to exist is to
scrape the last rivulets of light from the sky,
to plead with thickening cirrus clouds
to rhumba to coast breeze with fronds on a coconut palm;
they know no other way.


a sole hummingbird flutters in the bush,
she has left her forked-twig nest
of spider webs and lichens
to taste the night-dew nectar
from Heliconia’s scarlet bracts-
tomorrow, by the nutmeg tree
a mate will hover at her beak,
the hiss and hum of wing and tail shall
sway her, then she will lay;
for this, she believes she exists

watching this world flood
from an old tree stump;
i hear you ask again,
“why Adrian…
why do you exist ?”

in this moment my answer is certain:
It is to cross the bridge which lines our soul
when starlight’s song wills sleep;
it is to wake when heaven births sun yet
still dream;
it is to unlearn time
and love relentlessly all that is you

for this, I exist

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  • Jet ...
    Jet ...over 4 years ago

    you have such a beautiful mind and the heart to express it. love this! :) x

  • Jet thank you for stopping by! I am so glad you think that! :))

    – lilAj

  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesover 4 years ago

    this is so incredibly beautiful in every way. Some people were just born to write, and you are definitely one of them xx

  • Christi that is such a wonderful thing to say, it really soaks in, coming from a writer as brilliant as yourself :)

    – lilAj

  • Tony Wilder
    Tony Wilderover 4 years ago

    Wonderful flowing write AJ, great imagery. Glad I woke up to this.

  • thanks Tony, well appreciated that you stopped by to read :)!

    – lilAj

  • Emraldae
    Emraldaeover 4 years ago

  • oh my! I’m so happy waking up to see this! thank you very much for the feature Emraldae! :))

    – lilAj

  • chugginrail
    chugginrailover 4 years ago


  • I’m glad you think so! thank you for the read :))

    – lilAj

  • Angiel7
    Angiel7over 4 years ago


  • :) thanks Angie!

    – lilAj

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago


  • happy you’ve seen that here Vampvamp! :)

    – lilAj

  • Georgi Ruley: Agent7
    Georgi Ruley: ...over 4 years ago

    simply beautiful!

  • glad to see you here Agent, thanks for the comment! :)

    – lilAj

  • nellcusack
    nellcusackover 4 years ago


  • oh thank you! :)

    – lilAj

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 4 years ago

    A one wicked piece this ya…the Jamaican gods are singing in the blue mountains.

  • lol! as I told A friend we have in common, I enjoy your comments bro! thanks :)

    – lilAj

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