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San Valentino Walks Out Into the Woods

the earth is beckoning us
to fall back in love
with all of creation
and to never forget
the embrace
we’ve been borne into
the one in which we still reside.

being who he was
San Valentino a Roman dude, one
who slogged through the Middle Ages
could not fully express
the downright, full-bodied sensuousness
of living in & on this very earth
but if you need a jumpstart
for rekindling your love, well
go out & wade naked in a stream
or climb a thick-trunked tree
and hold your torso next to its
limbs crisscrossing limbs
until you re-member once again
what the L-word’s all about.

-Brother Coyote



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