Aimée Sands: To move in my world as among trees


to belong as a shadow, an aster,
a fern, a moldering stick; to lumber

among still bodies but remain
a part of the whole, to be large

but not repugnant, horizontal
when others are vertical —

hickory, birch, blackgum, pine,
the passage of sunlight along the forest floor,

wind turning leaves like pages —
when the hulks of two deer pass through

what precedes, what follows,
is the message in disturbance.

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