Poems of Loving

Ties of Blood

(Bristol, England)

The tree and I have an understanding.
Neither of us can live without the other.
I breathe in the tree’s buoyant blessing
from airstream to bloodstream, a constant flow.

Neither of us can live without the other.
At the doorway of each cell, the gift is greeted.
From bloodstream to airstream, a constant flow.
Breathing out, my blessing blows to the tree.

At the doorway of each cell, the gift is greeted.
The leaves open their doors to welcome my gift.
Breathing out, my blessing blows to the tree.
The tree, deeply rooted, holds me like a mother.

The leaves open their doors to welcome my gift.
When I am blown off course, uprooted,
the tree, deeply rooted, holds me like a mother.
Salutations between us flow back and forth.

When I am blown off course, uprooted,
I breathe in the tree’s buoyant blessing.
Salutations between us flow back and forth.
The tree and I have an understanding.