Philology IX

oak.

solid ancient tough
golden variations on green
beautiful simple complex
the sound of the word
synesthesia by intent:
taste it on your tongue
hear it on the land
see it in a field substantial
might on a grassy plain
head of leaves singing green
touching rigid massive trunk
dreaming of tortoise growth
in twelve years it attains height
in three hundred substance
at ninety-seven, grampa
observed two days before he died
that he used to play in that oak
and it had not changed.

oak.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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