Unwanted Gift

Water is a gift of life
But generous Nature
Gave too much this time

Her Christmas gift
Was never asked for
Was never on anybody’s wish list

It was a fatal surprise
That should never have been sent
That should never have been opened

But now it is too late
For the gift cannot be returned
Cannot be refunded or exchanged

At the post-Christmas sale
Life is going cheap
In the bargain bins of Asia

Now in a sinister twist
Of the true spirit of Christmas
We have a second chance to give

Water is a gift of death
And the greedy Reaper
Took too much this time

Wayne Visser © 2004


Wishing Leaves: Favourite Nature Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together nature poems by Wayne Visser, celebrating the diversity, beauty and ever-changing moods of our planet. The anthology includes many old favourites like “I Think I Was a Tree Once” and “A Bug’s Life”, as well as brand new poems like “Monet’s Dream” and “The Environmentalist”. Then as we turned our faces to the moon / Our hands entwined, our hearts in sync, in tune / We felt the fingers of the silken breeze / And made our wishes on the falling leaves / A gust of wind set off a whispered sigh / Among the trees that leaned against the sky.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.