Writing Out Loud

Deciduous

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How sacred this life

when viewed from majestic places

how tenuous the thread that binds us to it

and it to us, each blade, twig, leaf part of us

and we of them.

Nature’s art, complete,

no preliminary sketches needed,

fearful in its symmetry, our voice

as we claw our lonely ways

through our days,

giving song and substance

to what we only dream of.

That tree trunk leaning toward the light,

the deep woods’ infinite lushness

where life teems in secrecy

untouched, unspoiled, is where

we are all from

and to where we are all bound

to vanish into early morning mists

then to step back while others

younger fresher stronger

take our places.

Are we not all, like oaks,

deciduous? Do not our spirits

yearn toward evergreenness?

How simple the answers

when faced with them anew

each spring. And like all that lives

dies and lives again,

should we not go uncomplaining

into the depths when it is,

at last,

our time?

How holy this journey,

how rare this grace,

to have passed, though briefly,

through this green place!

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Author: raelove1950

I've been writing personally and professionally for over 40 years, and recently started writing books for Amazon Kindle. During the last 25 years, I have also written for the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine; the Maine Sunday Telegram in Portland, Maine; Current Publishing in Westbrook, Maine; and the Reporter, a weekly newspaper based in Waterboro, Maine. I recently released a book entitled "From the Urban Wilderness: Life in the Southern Maine Woods," which is a collection of essays taken from a weekly column I wrote for the Journal Tribune from 2010 to 2016. It is available from Amazon.com and CreateSpaceStore.com .

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