Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

The Tree Felled, the Tree Raised

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

The Tree Felled, the Tree Raised

Article excerpt

When you worked as a forester once, once

another who worked alongside you lost

a hand, and it fell to you-the one

who had to "tie it up." Perhaps that's why

Washington's wilderness rarely fills your poetry.

Discretion's chainsaw clear-cuts what is most costly.

Then Leslie weighed in with her sweet expertise

on how a logger's life ought not be idealized,

and how even the saw allows for the trees

it's just about to bring down, eliminated

from Alaskan landscape. This koan is like bait:

hooked, I contemplate destructions subtle sizes.

The changes and chances of this mortal life

are cries to call the soul back home again.

At least I like the way that sounds, even if

the little tree house of the body is all

we really know, wounds and pine knots, as squalls

pound the limbs in which the bare, beamed room is contained. …

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