Like a thousand eyes watching, no part of me left unseen.
Limb by limb, shoulder by shoulder, learning you petal by petal.
Snake-like and certain, our tongues smell earth, breeze, ocean mist.
A fence may stand between us, but I still feel your electricity;
gaze on your sweet under-places luminous with sunrise.
I reach up as you reach up, bend back and breathe in;
shimmy in the warmth of new day and clap, extend a fresh leaf on each bright finger.
I take pictures of your curves so I can stare at you alone, smooth my finger along forbidden branches; sigh.
Your infinite patience dwarfs me. I leave you smaller than I began.
Quietly I admire your persistent fruitfulness, your marriage of mathematics and magic.
We listen closely together to hear above the highway, small moments flicker as shadow follows shadow.
I want to sit back to trunk with you; exhale, close my eyes and wait for understanding.
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© 2008 Jade Leone Blackwater
For The Festival of the Trees 28: Art and Arboreality
October 1, 2008.
The Festival of the Trees is a monthly blog carnival hosted at a different blog each month. The theme for the Festival of the Trees 28 is "Art and Arboreality", which will be published on Wednesday, October 1, 2008.
I'm still accepting a few late entries, so if you would like to participate just follow these three easy steps:
- Let a tree inspire you today.
- Share your creation at your blog.
- Email me your submission: jadeblackwater [at] brainripples [dot] com.
PS - Special preference given to all you fortunate folks seeing those beautiful autumn colors!!! Won't some kind, northerly blogger send me a sumptuous sugar maple in autumn color?