POETRY: The Problem Of Describing Trees, by Robert Hass

problem with describing trees

The aspen glitters in the wind

And that delights us.

The leaf flutters, turning,

Because that motion in the heat of August

Protects its cells from drying out. Likewise the leaf

Of the cottonwood.

The gene pool threw up a wobbly stem

And the tree danced. No.

The tree capitalized.

No. There are limits to saying,

In language, what the tree did.

It is good sometimes for poetry to disenchant us.

Dance with me, dancer. Oh, I will.

Mountains, sky,

The aspen doing something in the wind.

1 Comment on POETRY: The Problem Of Describing Trees, by Robert Hass

  1. Love it–the magical and scientific views blended. But when were they ever unblended?

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