The struggle is love

           Down by Cristo Rei, Garajau, Madeira

Where is peace
to be found ?

not in silence
not in inactivity

not in meditation
nor in transcendence

we descended
the steep incline

down to the statue
of Cristo Rei

gazed out over
the deep blue sea

the ragged rocks
of petrified lava

watched the early birds
feeding on the wing

saw sparrows thread
through the scrub

nature’s innocents
who know no better

who know all
they need to know

people came and went
families and couples

their breath taken
to admire the view

the struggle
is love – always

John Lyons

Madeira love song

cristo rei

The unruffled sea
early in the morning
down by Cristo Rei
a world waiting
to be made
a silence waiting
to be broken

swifts and martens
swirl in the clear air
trawling for flies
and a sparrowhawk
hovers above them
patiently aloof waiting
for bigger fry

a small boat
cuts a fine line
through the water
and time drifts behind it
lazes for a moment
on the polished surface
until it dissolves

out of the ocean
all things all life
all hopes and dreams
and I think of love
the language of it
the physical expression of it

how it cuts through
the very core of our being
how it reveals not just a truth
but the truth and purpose
of our existence
how that day I held her
for an eternity in my arms
and never wanted
to let go

John Lyons

Love on the ocean edge

We sat on the volcanic shore
watched the cool blue sea
turn over and over
felt the sun fierce on our flesh
saw the children cavorting
in the warm water

Nature has its own passion
it shapes the land
and offers us a compendium
of time and space and energy
We who are part of it
can become lost in it
We who so long for love
and so easily lose it

John Lyons