Wednesday, May 11, 2011
We look through layers
of old arms. The dripping green
and flat flowers, fiber of sleep,
petals of collected ultraviolet.
Some call it forest.
To us it has no name.
We feel it, borrowing the chipped
and snapped off offering,
its broken separating piles of names,
heart in pieces, spark of seed.
All through these colors
flows the chant of salmon.
And beyond this, their messages
of river-bended light,
and ocean's mouth
reciting the blood call.
Just as I begin to tell you
my perch's history, all of it
The tree begins to stretch upward,
like an old man unraveling his bones
and holding his flesh high overhead
he becomes something like sky
barked over and burning.
His blood is a river,
black and fragrant.
He turns slowly to our
Come sit a while with me,
he says. And learn.
Cast your eyes like eagles.
Watch how everything
There is no word for this.
Stop. Shhhh. Listen.
So still is the light of all things.
So quiet yet thunderous living.
Here comes the wet and glorious
voice of storm. Tuck under this wide
curved wall and we will watch together.
The woods come down,
the river is a sky.
Sleep if you must.
My breast continues
the drum beat you
have always known.
Filling you, the forest,
the wet black river of
salmon song within you.
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