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