Trees never fall to cliche
Though every poet can find something to say about a tree, why?
A tree so closely represents every great poem
simple, beautiful, natural, seemingly ageless
There exists an elegant connection between sky and soil, and so grows a tree.
An intricate relationship forms where your feeling of ‘you’ overlaps my idea of ‘me,’ and so grows a poem.
Roots and branches perform the same function
stretching, reaching, diverging in every direction to expand into another world, searching for nourishment
as if the tree fully explains the interaction of two moments in space
the separation of above and below
the boundary of atomosphere and earth
So it is with poetry
whether you read my roots, or I write branches to you
we seek the same definition of our interdependence
how we are different and
where we would grow into each other