[lit-ideas] In the wind

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Lit-Ideas " <Lit-Ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:40:50 -0800


            The bending of trees after the wind,

            After several years of wind, stretched

            The branches across the yard toward

            My room, a canopy of shade come

            Summer, but on these dark winter days

            They sway awaiting winds to come.

            What did Emerson mean when he said


            Homer was too "historical"?  A tree

            Like a Cyclops reaching out a dark

            Branch to brush its leaves against

            My window?  I planted it years

            Ago and since then it has weathered 

            Everything.  It cannot now be afraid,

            But is it urging me not to be?


            A trope then for pathos

            Suggesting why argument

            Can never satisfy nor

            Philosophy explain;

            The rain splashing

            Through these leaves

            To leave me speechless.

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