Speaking of Trees
What does it take to break ground?
What does it take to carry yourself
with dignity through mist and rise?
You can see the fragility of trees
and the forbearance of trees.
You can see the agility of trees.
You know where you stand with a tree:
sheltered and strengthened,
beholden to the nature and network
of trees; the assembly of trees,
the farmland haunted by trees
and the regiment of trees.
You can see the bearing of trees,
the felling and falling of trees,
the shipment of trees, the return on trees.
The return of trees.
What does it take to carry yourself into a forest
one valley over
from the one, right now, on fire?
Dinah Hawken’s ninth collection of poems, Sea-light, was published by THWUP in 2021. ‘Speaking of Trees’ was written for Gerda Leenard’s exhibition of paintings at Pataka in Porirua : Regeneration – A Story of Trees.