Deep Ecology -boy to man to boy

–All things were together
then the mind came and arranged them
………………………………………….—Anaxagoras

at first I thought that trunk’s, limbs
and leaves were one which they called
 tree

but then I learned their tree was
cleaved in thirds with blades of brain
and set apart in boxes stacked
linguistically

parsing  parts from root to crown
I learned to group them categorically

but then I noticed they were bound
like arteries and veins and heart
which would die if pulled apart
and must be one if they’re to be

now I see that trunk and limbs
and leaves are one which we call
tree
and though it’s true it may be
cleaved in thirds with blades of brain
and set apart like arteries and hearts and veins
we should admit before we start  we can’t do it
with impunity

……………………
Jim Culleny; April; 2009

 

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