i came across a forgotten sugar bush craggy boles as wide as doors to another time bark cracking and sap-dampened with abandoned tap-holes writing jagged lines layers of leaf mould counted more than my years and heartwood ringed older than human endeavors on this inhospitable hillside primordial mother trees these and all about each grand dame her family of fragile infants two, three palm-shaped leaves on slender sticks nodding in the shade a carpet of flourishing arboreal futures here was a gathering of kin a history of long care and hope for days unseen as real as churned ice cream at any summer reunion here was love and thoughtful regard here was peace… what was i in this place but one more fire-breathing interloper heedless boots breaking the boughs of saplings yet… those tappings… no reason for such profligate sugar in springtime no reason but generous gift conferred upon strangers would i give my life-blood merely to see life blossom in the dark hereafter? we reserve altruism to our selves yet here was benevolence embodied though lacking voice to vaunt the deed and i thought there is no need when favor is freely given… would that we had the hearts of maples would that we could see the charity of a tree but we close-guard our virtues granting no thought to what we can’t comprehend and we do not understand the magnanimity of the forest i would shed this hubris learning humility at the roots of the wood i would know my place between soil and leaf-crown i would see the gift as it is… here in this ancient grove of kinship i would be the younger cousin i would be… the lesser species…
for 11 May 2022
This weekend the Full Flower Moon brings a total lunar eclipse that is visible in much of the Western Hemisphere. The moon enters penumbra at 9:31pm on Saturday; totality is at 12:19am on Sunday; and the eclipse is over by 2:52am. So you could see much of this blood moon without losing much sleep. It is worth it. But if you miss it (because weather), there will be another in November this year.
©Elizabeth Anker 2022