THE INA COOLBRITH PO-BOWL
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In the Po-Bowl: William Landis
At our March meeting, Treasurer Gayle Eleanor drew William Landis's name out of the Po-Bowl. We are pleased to present his poem "Just One Tree In The Forest" in the Po-Bowl:


JUST ONE TREE IN THE FOREST

L’Homme et la forêt 


Rilke says take in just one tree

     it wants to amaze you with its architecture

to embrace you by factoring the light    

     how it learns green     the thrill of chlorophyll

of tonguing the soil     all-purpose teat     wet nutrients

    from the lungs of earth     we wrest each other

 

Magritte says linger here with me and trees

     where birds come to refine their urgencies

fury dancing the serious parts     the summer canon  

     of a hundred remembered motifs and desperations    

they weave the forest like a master composer

     how to catch them mid-symphony mid-courtship and lift

 

with the tools of lyric silence     opening its crimson hunger---

     a silence swollen with the moisture of change    

of growth and loss and love falling on its face

     how to hear the forest heaving

into the shiny new skin of its bosom     each green nipple

     darkens     yearning trembles  

    

each leaf flagging me now

     I watch them one by one     break into small

green messages impossible to hear

     like the butoh dance     a music slow as growth

autonomous incremental urgencies

     bursting with control     waving at light     light waving back