Thursday, July 16, 2009

Yearly Song

by Dan Beachy-Quick

split the sapling
   and pass
the child through

the axe-twinned
   green wood's 
axis arching back

twice to embrace
   the absent
center escapes

these circles end
   in leaf
weight on loam

half-formed shapes
our dark geometry



   in sapwood's
gash a stone
   and bind

the sapling's wound
   by twine

   by time
a circle completes
   a year

   a ring
commits memory
   then light

   casts verdure
in shadow on
   the wall

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