11 DEGREES NORTH
Wind shakes the chattering tops
of eucalyptus trees, as green parrots
congregate amongst the leaves.
White clouds billow, mists disperse
in blue space, upper atmospheres.
Verdantly wild forest mountain tops
hardwoods dominating gnarled brush
behind veils of water vapor.
Snakes and frogs in colorful camouflage
share bromeliad runs with birds
in flowering epiphytes, orchids
spore new marvels of life.
Jan G. Otterstrom F. 6/29/2013