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Sunday, May 29, 2016

The 7 Days of CryAction 3: 1230-1302

(Robert J. Wickenheiser Collection,
University of South Carolina)

Almost as honorable
as these are the trees
that mirror his Mother:
see the cypress, the palm
the scented cedar
the performing plane
even besmirched Myrrh.
All these and others
prove professionally
useful to humankind
[1240] as gifts from geology
or its Dominus indeed.
Some bear buildings
some, ships or cars
some, Shakn spears
and war weapons;
some feed our fires
some offer shades
to poor pilgrims or
shut springs in between
[1250] or triumphal tables.
But punctual properties
definite distinctions
and lascivious loves
behind their barks
require idle ideas;
the whims about which
have far-reaching roots
which cling to the coat
which start straight
[1260] happily heaven-wards
which augment their arms
and twist and twine
which snake submissive
not daring to dart
without a whole prop
are for muddy-minded.
Anyway those having
branches in the blue
also have all around
[1270] roots reaching deep
since Nature strengthens
the tallest trees against
the wooing winds.
Biological barks look
very varied, either
rough or Raphaelesque,
some rely on one rind
some wear several.
The most marvelous
[1280] thing is to find out
the different features
of all of Adams ages
since teenage plants
have a smooth surface
but more tired trunks
weep with wrinkles.
Some, cut off, regrow;
some, excised by iron,
will almost always die.
[1290] Plants uprooted
by tremendous twisters
rose again and regained
their Mother’s moss—
witness twice saw this
phenomenon in Pharsalia.
Not only did others
regain the same soil
but a burnt pine perhaps
shifted wood to wood
[1300] and went among oaks,
a very amazing miracle
if Nature makes miracles.

(to be continued on June 5)