Trees I have known…
Written by
Patricia Lang
January 2020


Like flayed skin, the bark of this branch –

When I touch; heal, I feel heat, life’s “latch”.

Like a winding road, the trunk of this one tree –

Thinking, dancing dryad – oh to be free!

Like a crew-cut the tufts of this tree’s head;

Waves in the wind – Nature’s barometer “lead”.

Like a striptease, the tree lost all its leaves.

The “neighbors” stayed clothed, though, so we perceive.

Yggdrasil, spirit, folk tales, an Oak Ghost…

Without dreams, our trees, we would be lost.

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