|The 2River View||24.4 (Summer 2020)|
And the Living is Easy
Petunias loll in their clay pots, stumps
They say, “There is plenty of time,
I know this is a lie, a local
Later, I will boil a syrup for the hummingbirds,
Craig Tract of the Bolin Forest, Orange County, North Carolina
A forest remembers what to do
after a death, after
in the disarray and silence.
I think it does not grieve
It grows. Toward a future
written in its genes, horseweed
blown in, washed down
into the tractor ruts.
remembering the shade,
and tree-rings, remembering
the trees; and the cracked mud,
layers of them below the loblollies.
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