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Tree Without Leaves

"Margaret, are you grieving/Over Goldengrove's unleaving?"
- Gerard Manley Hopkins, in "Spring and Fall: To a Young Child"

How your leaving unleafed me.

Wide wide lakes of leaves,
The crackle of breaking
Underfoot.

Memory became bare, a crown
Of boughs as taut as the dark-eyed
Nipples of women facing
Fear's dishonest mirrors.

“You have strength I can’t name,”
Once you told me.

Now you must
Know: as winds churn
The leaf-lakes below,
I stand
Rooting with the power
You knew

and I have named Nameless.

On the rough nodes of my evening
Fireflies nestle,
Blooming.

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Aminah's picture

Very mystical. I like

Very mystical.
I like it

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

libudsuroy's picture

Thank you, Aminah!

Thank you, Aminah!

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Leigh Anne Kranz's picture

Sigh....

This made me cry...

"How your leaving unleafed me."

LA

libudsuroy's picture

But the last lines...

Hey, Leigh Anne, Even as the first line is of utter despair, the last lines are hopeful! Please wipe away your tears as the words allow you to imagine a leaf-shorn but firely-laden tree in twilight. Indeed, a picture of resilience, hope and self-empowerment. The woman as tree survives.

Love lots,
Lina

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

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