The Shyness of the Crown
Some trees understand something
we are just learning; instinctively, naturally,
they keep a distance so that sunlight
can filter down to the ground.
The high tops of those far-reaching leafed limbs
only go so far; God has put in their memory
a notion to keep a breadth apart
resulting in perfect geometric spacing,
a marvelous work of art we witness
when we set our gaze at the high canopy,
but it is also a lesson for us; we can stand
together, live in unison, fellowship,
but, at least for a time, keep the distance
in a show of love for our community.
So many amazing truths in creation
if we just care to look.
–C.L. Fisher, April 2020
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