In love and war

Madeira

A volcanic island
       once covered in forest
that is to say trees
       that is to say wood
which in Portuguese
       is Madeira

Imagine the mountains
       set ablaze to clear the land
a huge pyre burning
       day and night for weeks
a beacon of colonization
       in a vast empty ocean

To explore is a hunting term
       to cry out when game
has been discovered – and
       such are the rules of the game
all being equal that summer
       in love and in war

John Lyons

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