Remote

Sure-footed, self-sufficient island,

In the clouded, unchangeable spots of your big-cat coat.

Content with empty, free-fingered, breezy hand.

Seeing all through your shadow ellipses eyes: remote.

Confused sum of curative parts,

Dedicated Rukai descendants dismember your biology to medicate.

But, to my noisy, modern world, your detached heart

Will fascinate, divide, enchant, and isolate.

Arboreal, nocturnal, steady solitude your pride.

To your safe distance, I am provocative evolution,

Unlearning you with clear skies open wide.

Collaborative, contact-craving, compassionate revolution.

Inside close, limb-laced love, joyous and bold,

I am often alone. You shadow the threshold.

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