The Wisdom of Trees by Linda M. Crate

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January 1, 2016 by northerncardinalreview

i wonder if trees grieve
when they see
others of their own kind chopped
no longer with their dapper arms
to reach into the heavens
fallen into a yawning mouth of grass and soil
and ferns;
or do they merely breathe a sigh of relief
that it wasn’t them?
i think they must mourn somehow
for to me they have always
been kind,
have held my arms so i wouldn’t fall into the
water and have allowed me to hug
grant peace where there was none moments
even pine trees seem remorseful of the pine cones
they lose and they house the most
beautiful red wings of
cardinals i have ever seen
trees prove to me that even the most ugly circumstances
can breed the most beautiful things.

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. Recently her two chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013) and Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014) were published. Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015.

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