Pressing into the Depths

Old-growth Oak

Pressing into the Depths

of an old-growth oak grove on your search for virgin peat     having     naturally     preemptively considered the human calcaneus poised on its subcutaneous fat pad (the sturdy lovechild     as it were     of evolution & bipedal ambulation); you go     whole-soled     knowing nature engenders no freaks     & that the point of weight-bearing     actually     is to sink-spring to life your very own     rooted     upward mobility—to elapse your mossy quiet’s once upon a time into cantilevered boom     to mushroom & split your bark like a seething     green superhero     (who leaves you in tatters)      harden yourself new gnarls to gather lichens      & ever after phosphoresce the midnight fog like a moonbeam striking your cast-off glass slipper

“Pressing into the Depths” was published in the November 2018 peaceCenterbooks anthology, The Larger Geometry: poems for peace, edited by d ellis phelps.

5 thoughts on “Pressing into the Depths

  1. Ahhh (aughhhh?) … I have aged past “sink-spring to life your very own … upward mobility” and find intriguing lure in “harden yourself new gnarls to gather lichens”! Considering potential to one day “phosphoresce the midnight fog like a moonbeam” … maybe I’ll live that long …
    (Delightfully tantalizing poem!)

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