#43 Old Trees

#43 Old Trees
1997 – 11 x 23 edition of 33 – $400


Old Trees
Old trees
tell all the stories
of their lives
at once,wrapped up
in the elaborate
braids of bark,the decoration
and the scars
that mark their armor.

They’ve grown thick scabs
across disasters
and calamities.

They show what storms
have cost them,

how they’ve sacrificed
for light, the places where
the body twists.

And still,
with all of this,
they keep on wanting green.

And still, they lift
their wide arthritic arms
to save the birds,
to give the wind its voice.