steal through us
fir-fingers touch one another
where the paths meet
thick dripping resin
glues us together
hammer at hardy
seed-hiding hearts~Inger Christensen (1963)
trans. Susanna Nied
A visit to a temperate rain forest (Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park only a ferry-ride and short drive away from where we live) reminds me of how glued we are to this place we live and to each other. We wander paths past 300 year old trees that cling to one another and will for many more generations, hanging with the crepe of dangling moss. They are closely tethered together, taking others down with them when they eventually fall to the wind and then nurse the sprouting and growth of the next generation’s seeds from their long rotting trunks.
Among their midst, the streams flow clear and pristine, feeding the roots and shoots of all growing things.
Our hearts are too often harder than this firm and weathered bark covered in the drapery of moss. How willingly do I give myself up for the next generation? How silently do I reach out to touch the ones next to me and hang on steady through the strong and destructive winds of time?
May we know this Alpha and Omega who lay down for us, our beginning and ending, our nurture and our protector.
May our hearts soften in response.