these trees lean

these trees lean
across water
that has so slowly stolen
and sifted earth
from their roots

roots hungry and hardened
flailing through air
half of them, the rest
cling to what is left
because, rooted
and legless
they stand
where they always stood

trees
are planted in one place
at random
and stay

until they die
no matter what

now that’s
commitment
to place

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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19 Responses to these trees lean

  1. nelle says:

    Such a different way to exist, the ultimate in non-transience.

  2. Rhonda says:

    love it susan. can’t help wonder if they could…would they…re-root? as we do?

  3. They have roots! And the roots move! Into the earth. Their trunks lean, reach out to feel and embrace the open skies! And even though rooted in place, their leaves sway, rocking to and fro, and touch every passing wind and drink/feed richly from the sun and the atmosphere!

  4. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I have always wondered what it means to not be able to run away. To stay and watch the axe or the bulldozer move closer and closer, taking out your companions.

    • I think it is a version of very quiet hell.

      • Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

        I know the famous summary of Sartre’s “No Exit” is that “hell is other people.” I partially accept that but I think hell, for me, is immobility, captivity, the inability to let one’s body balance itself or keep itself from decaying. People do impose that on one another, on plants, on animals. So, maybe Sartre was onto something.

        Trees are fascinating to me -for many many reasons- because they are offer a different theory of motion. My notion of hell doesn’t necessarily apply to trees. . . though trees aren’t motionless and they are not free from sickness, death, abuse and loss.

  5. Grace says:

    Beautiful writing ~ I like the symbolism of the tree ~ Last week I wrote one about this theme for Father’s day ~

    Thanks for subscribing but my WP blog is inactive; I am actively writing in my blogger ~
    http://everydayamazin.blogspot.ca/

    Have a good weekend ~

  6. Ian Moone says:

    liking this esp

    now that’s
    commitment
    to place

  7. Permanence, strength, survival, home.
    Beautifully done.

    Thank you Susan. Visiting your blog is always rewarding

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