Standing Under Trees

I’ve learned much from looking up,

in slow gazes with a willing heart,

like today as we enjoyed cool 

shadows under friendly trees 

we met during our lovely walk,

my eyes followed trunk to branch 

to expansive crown.  We forget

or simply dismiss the size of trees; 

they become backdrop, stage

setting, but they are so much more.

There is life in a tree; the wind sings

through the branches; there is time

reflected in the thickness of boughs

and weight of leaves.  There exists

entire microcosms of living creatures,

birds in their high nests, squirrels

within the deep hollows, worm,

ant, locust clinging to knotted burls, 

so many living things we pass

without noticing, but today

I stood under mottled light and marveled

at the largeness of the universe,

the vastness of creation, reflected

within the canopy of trees.

–C.L. Fisher, April 2020

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