Friday, June 1, 2012

Holding Life

Holding Life

(Dedicated to Richard Heroux)

All winter, gripped
in snow and ice
trees held life
in deep roots
dense trunks
bare branches.

Buds exposed
in long cold
clung to twigs
held life inside
narrow tapered
packets of promise.

Spring winds whisper
urgent message:
push, pulse, now!
Buds thicken, swell,
holding life
with confident hope.

Bursting open
expanding pleated leaves
green, tender, fringed
with soft hairs
expectant, gracious,
growing a new life.

Into the Light

Tree:  American Beech  (Fagus grandifolia)

Photo Location:  Our Woods