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Mill Creek Preserve
Mill Creek Preserve
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"

Beneath Their Canopies

Earth’s endless effort to speak to heaven,
unique in the smallest play of leaves,
complex curvings of branches,
nuances of green, foliage nodding
in instants of breeze or dappling sun,
blossoms too beautiful for words.

The tree seems still, a spot of shade,
birds’ home, nectar guide for pollinators,
warming love’s seeds beneath boughs.
Rain falls, wind sways, soil sustains,
nature subtly changing life’s essence.

Making no sound or sign
a forest can give the sky feeling.

Mary Bast

A found poem, drawn from the first five pages of:
The Power of Trees, Gretchen C. Daily & Charles J. Katz Jr, San Antonio, TX: Trinity UP, 2012.
Between Earth and Sky, Nalini M. Nadkarni, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.
The Glory of the Tree, Noel Kingsbury, Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2014.
The Secret Life of Trees, Hiara Chevallier, New York: DK Publishing, 1999.
Florida’s Fabulous Trees, Singapore: World Publications, 2000.