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Contents Page: October, 2010, vol 6 no 3

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Erika Williams

Root Systems II

Hiking Grizzly Creek, pine roots cut our path. I like to step on them – strong in the arch of my foot, balance for a moment taller, childlike … but suddenly wonder,

Does it hurt the tree?

Searching its maternal branches – signs of stress, some yellowing and bare spots, but it is strong and full, gently swaying with wind:


Like a pang in pregnancy that says I’m here, the weight of every human life. 

on maple leaves
the river moving
its light

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