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Legacy of Trees

round_pond01Walking in the forest

Like a fish swimming

In vast sea of interconnectedness

A Mother’s love

Permeates brand new air

Manufactured for my breathing pleasure

While I slept


Trees have fluidity of gender

Determined by circumstances

Assuming their role as needed

This reminds me

To speak with deference

And humility

To a tree


As a seed you are planted

By luck or design

Bird, squirrel

Or occasional person

In the fecund womb of Earth


Spring sprouts

A twig with a couple of leaves

Dainty lattice of roots

Tenuously clinging

To Mother


You grow

Slender but resilient

Shedding heavy snow

Flexed by wind


And continue to grow

Shedding your lower branches

Lightening your load

As you race toward the sun

Lanky and tall


The sun peeks

Over your shoulder

Down at me

While beneath my feet

Your roots spread

Interlaced with

All your siblings

Children and cousins

The ultimate extended

Family


If you don’t survive

Life might end by surprise

Despite your strength and size

But even if you do survive

You will be caught by time

In its fullness


Eventually you will fall

And sleep like a log

Or stand like a pole

A home for birds

Small animals

And woodpecker food


Your life ends as all life ends

Substance spread

To other life

Ultimately re-absorbed

By your Mother


Here where her flesh is black

With the rich legacy

Of trees

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