A few years ago I recorded “Nature Boy”. I didn’t grow up loving this song, its simple beauty sailed right past me, as I listened to other more obviously profound songs.
One evening, in a coffee shop diner, a good friend introduced this song to me, and even as he recited the final lyrics “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return” I still didn’t grasp their significance. It would take another 4 or 5 years for my heart and mind to hold hands in that way.
I’ve hinted at a decidedly more physical interpretation of these lyrics in this little short story, but I couldn’t escape the vision of a nature boy revealing a mysterious new world to another, so I ran with it. Hope you enjoy…
“Come with me” he said, and me wanting always some adventure, some new kind of experience, reached for his outstretched hand and followed him into the grove.
I’d never come this far before. There’d never been any reason to, but walking down this trail with him by my side seemed natural, organic, almost like it was destined.
He wasn’t much older than I, but he moved with an easy freedom I found myself reflecting. His movements were fluid and strangely intoxicating. I kept trying to wrap my mind around his footsteps, but the understanding seemed to evade me. At times I thought I was dreaming, time would speed up then slow down… and there was that curious taste of brown sugar on my tongue.
We moved down the narrowing path, past the pond, under a bridge, through the patch of trees, round a corner, then another and finally entered a small clearing. Jutting out in the middle was a large chunk of bedrock. He let my hand go and we made ourselves at home, settling into the rhythm of nature. We spoke no words, and in the meditation of our silence, he leaned over and started doodling in the dirt with his fingers.
Light and shadows danced around his body. Bent over like this, I felt I was seeing him for the first time. He started to hum some strange otherworldly melody, encouraged by crickets and frogs. Some sound must have also escaped my lips because he stopped, and turned to look up at me.
Our eyes met. It seemed in that moment, surrounded by foliage and moss and moonlight, we were facing each other naked and beautiful as the day we were born. No walls, no pretense, no distinction.
What the birds and the bees would have witnessed, had they been interested, were two teenagers sitting on earth stone, deeply connected while all around them flowers blossomed.
from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 1,
track released August 5, 2017
Written & performed by Nhojj
Contains sample of "Loving Your Male Body" by Nhojj