When and Why
When I bring you coloured toys, my child, I understand why
there is such a play of colours on clouds, on water, and why
flowers are painted in tints--when I give coloured toys
to you, my child.
When I sing to make you dance, I truly know why there
is music in leaves, and why waves send their chorus
of voices to the heart of the listening earth--when
I sing to make you dance.
When I bring sweet things to your greedy hands, I know
why there is honey in the cup of the flower, and why
fruits are secretly filled with sweet juice--when
I bring sweet things to your greedy hands.
When I kiss your face to make you smile, my darling,
I surely understand what pleasure streams from
the sky in morning light,and what delight the summer
breeze brings to my body--when I kiss you to make