Shared with The Mag.
THE GREEN MAN
Trees are so certain, implacable,
even when fallen, each one
a manifesto proposing stillness
around a slow heart. Philosophers
out of the earth, they breathe
into the secret sky.
Where they reach with ease
and grace and find, I reach
to the sinew’s length then dream.
To be straight and unencumbered,
carrying the shifting cargo high,
neither offering nor withholding;
to lodge song and let it go;
to save in green and spend in gold;
to dance a frieze against the skyline;
to observe impassive like Hydra
from a thousand faces, each one
bearded, lidded, rimmed in leaves.