We Are Friends

don’t worry shadow
I’ll be watching you
whenever I can
and
even if you slip under some
swish-darting fish or
w a g g l i n g tadpole or hide
under a lotus-pink lily pad
I promise to be there
when you surface again all
smiles
close to the water’s top
and
even if you roll your jiggly spins
round those tall marshy grasses
I’ll be watching
and
even if you carelessly bob along
chasing every dragonfly, water strider and pond skater

you don’t have to worry about a thing
I’ll still be here when you finish
because I know
shadow
you would never leave me either…
wherever I am
no matter how
slippery you are

after all

we are friends

from When Poems Fall From the Sky by Zaro Weil, illustrated by Junli Song (Welbeck Editions, 2022)

© Zaro Weil

With kind permission of Welbeck Editions

When Poems Fall From the Sky by Zaro Weil, illustrated by Junli Song
(Welbeck Editions, 2022)

Zaro Weil

Zaro Weil lives in southern France with her husband, two sheepdogs and a host of birds, insects, badgers, wild boars, crickets, donkeys, goats, hares - and loads more!

She has been a lot of things: dancer, theatre director, actress, poet, playwright, educator, quilt collector and historian, author, publisher and a few others.

Zaro loves writing and animals and trees and making things up.