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I want to leap like a raging fire,
like the lame man who was healed,
to thrill and bound with gazelles and goats
on mountains and in the plains.
I want to pop with springtime color,
to sing with frogs and beluga whales
to jump with dolphins and white-tailed deer,
as I go about my day. I want to romp
with the desert mouse in moonlight
and gallop with wild horses at dawn.
I want to flit with the perky blue jay
and to bound with the leopard at play.
Oh, Lord, allow me to frolic with joy,
to dance with delight, to know in full
how much the heart can hold.

Photo by Sergiu Nista on Unsplash

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor is a retired, 35-year English teacher from Georgia. Her favorite genre to teach high school students was poetry, and today she dedicates more time to writing it, her major themes focused on family, place, and faith. She says she writes to give testimony to the past and to her heritage. She has been published in several journals, both on-line and in print, and in 2021, she published her first collection of poems, Strange Fire.