Sunday, June 14, 2015

empathy of Trees, Malaga
After Daniel Minter’s “empathy of Trees"

by Sonja Johanson

living so precariously, so easily
undermined by insistence

of water, geometry of swells,
frequencies which could lift

a saltbox as easily as a boat,
fog that would hide the banks

for days, still you loved that spare
island, the barnacled rocks were

as your heart, fish your children, dark-
skinned oaks your company. Why

should these have been taken from you?

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