Firewood

firewood 

 

Firewood

For two years the oak
loomed, leafless.
We had aged
together, but somehow
I survived the drought
and ice storms, the
regret and wilt,
the explosions within,
and it did not.

I do not know
the rituals of trees,
how they mourn
a passing, or if
the sighs I hear
betray only my own
frailties, but even
as I fuel the saw and
tighten the chain,
I look carefully
for new growth.

 

chain saw

“Firewood” is included in my chapbook, From Every Moment a Second.

 

9 thoughts on “Firewood

    • I miss certain trees more than others. Oaks are special to me, and there is a favorite mesquite tree on my rural property back in Texas. I’m only just getting acquainted with the local trees here. A few are starting to whisper to me.

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