Thursday, 6 May 2021

TREES






 More of Glensax


Gopher wood had the capacity
To sustain life’s
Capacity for differentness.

“A vine was before me”
Purple with fruit for
Another.

Acacia wood could bear,
Could form unity
And could be borne.

Cypress gave its tone
To the instruments
Made from it.

Fruitfulness was the apple tree
Distinguished among
The trees of the wood.

Excellent as the cedars!
Dignity and stateliness
Amongst the twisted thorns.

What a grand entrance
Was through
The doors of olive-wood.

Was that too inferential for you?
Perhaps various qualities of wood
- Grains, textures, fragrances, strengths -
Interest or enlighten. History too,
Ancient sources and customs, might provoke
Emotions or thoughts. But that is below
My purpose here: as the cup-bearer
Had a vine before him I have a
Man: His qualities, mien, customs.
The grain always straight, the textures
Beyond man’s apprehension, the fragrance
What delighted God, the strength to break
Death’s power, to bear us through. Name
Once again - Man according to God.

3 comments:

  1. Wood . . . as varied and unique with purpose as each one of us are. Great reflection, David.
    Blessings!

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  2. Thank you for your po√ęzie. And photos. I think you live in a nice area.

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    1. Thank you; we are near Edinburgh, a fine city, and the coast at the Firth of Forth, and the Pentland Hills, while not too far from the Scottish Borders: so very fortunate.

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