South Africa, like so many places on earth, is facing decimation of its flora and fauna at a horrendous rate. The need to protect what we have left has never been greater. ‘Dance Lightly’ is this poet’s plea to do just that.
Dance Lightly Dance lightly upon this earth because it is not yours. Take radiant wing with a butterfly. Listen to the tiniest hum of the bees. Pause during the rush and grab of life to hear a frog and a chirruping cricket. Let snakes live in slow, slithering peace. Know where fish swim and clean waters flow. Understand the sea and all that lives within. Fly high with migrating birds and look about with empathy. Watch closely the sunning insect and the travelling spider. Join the song of the cicada and the hop-sing-flight of every bird, and smile knowingly. Touch the new moon and savour the true value of the sun. Then share the joy of the insider. Teach others not to stamp and bulldoze. Be a sharp hawk against pollution. Laugh with the wind and run with arms outstretched along the wildest of rivers. Dive deep into the cool pool below a cascading waterfall. Teach all of Nature to those who do not understand. Be part of the drive that helps our planet thrive so that you can say:‘’Do you see? Do you now truly see why it is best to dance lightly?’’ © Andrew Pender-Smith