Aimée Sands: Devotional

       Deer-quiet of the morning woods
dark center lit from within
       sunlight girdling a single trunk like a Maypole.
Asters burst white and weedy,
       a fir bends low to trap its
 few moments of frank illumination.

       To live in fitful light
to live as partnered to darkness
      to burst and to recede,
humus-deep and layered,
        intricate patchwork that stubbles
and shifts with the laboring sun,

            the rhythm of humility
basal code of ferment, formation
       toadstool, bark, tassels of milkweed,
the rustle beneath.

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