Sunday, November 23, 2008



John Hewitt, Timber:
Whether sunshine, snow, or rain,
Caesar now and Charlemain
Sleep and will not wake again.

Sandstorms sweep over Babylon:
Thistles cover Marathon:
Sheba's dead, and Solomon.

Winds fret through the creaking trees,
Gusty with ten centuries . . .
Trees are more than dynasties.
James Hayford, The Principle Is Growth:
Of moving immobility
The model is a tree.
Compliance, fixity,
The tree has both.
The principle is growth.
The essence is to live,
To stay put and yet give,
To sway and still not snap—
And what it takes is blood or sap.
Ivan Shishkin, Teutoburg Forest

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