Stars tell tales

Friends, I am back now from a vacation inspired hiatus from this little blog. I am looking forward to catching up on what you have written and another year of writing!

Allen

Stars tell tales, but
few have ears to hear
such light, to see
such songs aside from
mystics and children and the odd poet,
too, who can turn light to sound and
sound to light to delight us
plebeians. These draw us
out and speak in us
the spark that
begins the burn.

Embers echo stars.
They twinkle sagas of
births and deaths;
of dragons and elves.

The chronicles of trees and my kind, too,
are not so very different:
tears, sap
sap, blood
blood, leaf
leaf, skin
skin, bark
bark, voice
voice, root
root, foot
foot and trunk both
drunk in the Mystery.

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4 thoughts on “Stars tell tales

  1. Mary Irene says:

    Just beautiful! Glad you’re back!

  2. shoreacres says:

    Wonderful conceit — hearing light and seeing songs. Your interweaving of the arborial and human also is effective and compelling. By not depending only on the more obvious analogies, the distinction between species really began to disappear by the end of the poem.

    And happy return! I’d imagined you absent because of busy-ness, but it’s good to hear you were busying yourself with something more pleasant than committee meetings and such. Nothing against committees, really, but — well, we all know the difference between vacation and even the most pleasant work!

    • agjorgenson says:

      Thanks. The poem was inspired in part by David Suzuki and Wayne Grady’s “Tree: A Life Story.” Thanks for the well wishes. Holidays are dear, but there are riches at work as well – although more in the classroom than the committee room!

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