A Puzzling Light

These are amazing: each
Joining a neighbor, as though speech
Were a still performance.
Arranging by chance

To meet as far this morning
From the world as agreeing
With it, you and I
Are suddenly what the trees try

To tell us we are:
That their merely being there
Means something;

A silence already filled with noises,
A canvas on which emerges

A chorus of smiles, a winter morning.
Placed in a puzzling light…
~John Ashbery from “Some Trees”

Surrounded as we are by special trees on this farm, I watch them carefully through the seasons.
I hope to learn what they have to teach me about adaptation to change
through the driest of hot days,
to the coloring and loss of their leafy wardrobes,
to the barren nakedness of winter,
to the renewal of buds adorning spring branches.

Trees have plenty to say, but all in invisible silence. I’ve read about the communication that takes place underground between them via their roots and I have to say — I feel left out knowing I don’t speak or understand their language.

So I learn from trees by observing what is visible above the ground, especially when the light is just right.

Simply by merely being here, year after year – that means something.


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2 thoughts on “A Puzzling Light

  1. Lovely paean to ancient and young prominent members of our God-gifted environment.
    Would love to know what they discuss in their underground chit-chats. We ought to put our busyness aside more often and look up to wonder in awe at their majestic beauty and variety — and to admire their tenacity as they disappear from our environment because of human greed and selfishness.

    (My favorite is the tree that I have named ‘Sentinel’ that seems to be on or near your farm, Emily.)

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