Rings of Oak

Sun in Gemini

Rings of Oak

Along my walk there is an oak

Grown sturdy on the edge of winds

Life’s hardships fought and won

Whose sole and noble bearing

Engenders shared sojourn

Its ridge it strides alone

And I, in passing, catch its thought

Like a point on a seen, sawn, levelled trunk

Though yearly ring is far too long

For these few moments shared

But not this time, this round, this heart

Green canopy hiss: share this with me

Here, now, brief, unwitnessed

And be with ancient one in present time

Whose walk is only sidewards growth

Upon my eyes and mind

This rustling note is written, sung

Upon his rings of time he adds

A passing molecule of now, a mote

Upon the meadow there is only silence

Enjoy your walk around my Earth, he says

‘Around’ arrests: his sly intent, and turning

Gaze deep…

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