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A Dryad's Daydream, Essence of Oak
by Helga Ross
Saturday, November 29, 2008
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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare

Fall, a walk

in the woods, alone,

birds heard in the tall timber,

seen winging, a good feeling.

A drift of foliage

leaves limbs bare--

the wind blows a kiss

as if it knows I’m there.

Warmed by the cold breath

the sun sighs,

a tramp of the damp earth.

Squirrels scurry the furrows,

the crush of curled leaves.

Steps these same feet, hide n' seek,

once scampered beneath

these same trees—

a frolicking kid's fun runs

when we were fearless and young.

Among ground colours become

quilt covers my grandmother

might've patterned--a patch in which

I see me in sepia,

on umber my match,

her ochred old picture.

She existed, proof stored in a drawer;

still exists, because I recall.

Did I exist for these trees before?

Forthwith, familiar?

Do oaks growing old

hold trunks of memories?

Or, hardwood as hardware—tree-rings

careless, (unless I care)

except for life?--the only living things,

these, shared the same slice.

What does it mean that no one sees,

remembers this, but me?

What will it mean when I’m not here to see?

And because I care, spared,

when I won’t know these trees aren’t there?


© Helga Ross 2008 


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Reviewed by Ken Chartrand 12/26/2008
Hello Helga. I read your poem,"A Dryad's Daydream,Essence of Oak" A most beautiful work! The imagery brings one into the forest. I answer you...the tree knows. Well done. You are a real Poet. Please feel free to visit my site,here in the "Den".
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 11/30/2008
An excellent poem,I enjoy reading it,take care

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/29/2008
poignant words--much to consider-i enjoyed this.
Reviewed by George Carroll 11/29/2008
I am sure there will be trees in heaven for us to admire and sit under as the angels play their harps and sing us songs of God's praise. We sure were on the same page today.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 11/29/2008

An ontological bio-spiritual ponderings on the Nature harmony and human fraternity... "What of (My) Existence, Essence of Oak?" is delivering a torch of wisdom. A poetic bouquet of rare orchids diffusing the scent of awareness.

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
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