Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Can Trees Walk?

Can a tree walk?

Can she kick her rooted feet
right out of the ground?

Can untamed growth burst on the outside
with power greater than what held it in place?

Can a tree shake leaves into a cascading cloud?
as if to say, I'm not holding still any more.

Can bare roots stomp across the dirt
and make their thirsty way to new water?

Could a tree invite the wind
to blow lifeless limbs away
and keep only what is alive?

Can unyielding branches
learn to dance?

Is it possible for her to claim her own season?
not waiting for someone else to tell her
when it's summer.

She can burst into the full bloom of spring
even as fall winds stir and spin.

Yes, a tree can walk.