Tuesday, January 10, 2023


the very distinctly 

significance of a 
sunny day in January:

the same lone, ebullient, 
and protuberant hulk 
of a tree 

that once caught 
and contoured the briskest
summer breezes 

and shaded me 
so masterfully—

now looking heavy 
and old 
and careworn, 

and frozen to its 
chosen spot—

but also, 
the very same hale,
stubborn paragon 

whose huge afternoon shadow
I can stand right
inside of 

while its incommunicable soul 
subsumes to sooth 
my own.