old ragged fir on the point, steadfast and solid
has no boundaries, never ends:
anchored to the earth
held up by the earth
roots commingling with slather of microbes and wandering worms
incessantly probing the dark soil, farther, farther
gases of the air spewing back and forth through its needles
sending stray molecules of fir out on the winds, forever
suspended by the sky
pulled up by the sun
more present and more precarious
more like a rock and more like a memory, every year
*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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Photo: Jason Goldstein/DNR