Monday, October 8, 2012

Heritage Tree

Heritage Tree

Not the clearing, the woods.
Not the lesser magic of birds

thrown into the air, then gone,
but the 175-year-old Heritage Tree,

the great-great-great grandbaby
squirrel skittering where her ancestors

once skittered. Not the flowers,
but these unmelting candles,

who cannot leave the way they
came in. Oh woods, teach me

how to grow in stillness, how
to be a maker of the dark.

3 comments:

  1. that's wonderful, a real tribute to the wonder of woodlands

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  2. I have that same wish. Thanks for putting it into words.

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  3. my favourite poem this year Hannah!!!! LOVE this one.LOVE!!!!

    thea.
    xx

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