truth of trees


By Mike O’Connell
even dead trees can
rustle the spirits once
residing in leaves borne
on the wind
lost to time
mulch for their mother
carrying secret messages
far from home
spreading truth of trees
as far as possible
but close enough
to influence buds
of new ones
long phantom fingers
reaching teaching
relating how not to fear
the future falling
to know it is now
part of the long long
journey to become
a complicated componant
of the family of trees
ultimately resting
where spirits of
the whole forest
go to romp and play
worthy of a place
amongst the stars


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