January 16, 2020

Smell of tree bark

during heavy rain:

hackberry, osage

orange, cottonwood.

Leaves on the ground

pool with water,

sound of popping,

splatting, crackling,

composting deep

layers on the forest

floor, slowly.

Nature restores

what belongs to her,

and Iā€” I belong

here in the rain-

soaked woods,

roots entangled

with roots, deep

deep down in the

heart of this land.

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