“Rooted in stars and deep earth, trees remain. Oh, to live more like that!”
After raven’s wings,
I saw her from my window atop the world.
Flapping through the spacious stemmed Spruce,
the wide skirt of midnight wings catches me.
I see that you see me, the Spruce said.
Trees talk like that when they are seen.
I was taken aback.
The life of this tree further pressed into me.
It had secrets to tell and was eager to talk to anyone listening.
We see it all.
We know many things—even where the bodies are buried,
but we don’t tell.
You rushing by—we hear your thoughts.
We could say a lot about that.
Keepers of light, protectors of life, home to many things.
we bear witness to time,
Indigenous, code talkers, we live from our roots.
Until the axe comes or the beetle,
we really don’t mind standing here at all,
while you fly by barely giving us a glance.
We hold a space for your grief and your pain,
which we gladly exchange for love—you only need ask.
We, an underground network, talk a lot.
But not in the language you speak.
You have to press your ear to our trunks, bury your toes in the mud
and just stop.
You have to want what we’ve got.
You have to listen closely.
I could say more. There’s a lot to tell, but I’ll leave it at that.
Shh…it’s a secret, and you can listen for yourself.