POEM: tree


(for Arielle and Dre)

the robe and mortarboard
signifying completion, achievement
a broadening of possibilities

on her left hand the ring he gave her
when they decided that facing tomorrow
together was better than facing it alone

there comes a time when the past
loses its hold on us, when
we are pulled forward by the future

in tree pose, one foot is lifted off the ground
because while we remember our roots
we refuse to let them claim us

11 June 2012
Auburn AL

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I’m writing a poem a day in 2013. During June, each day’s poem will be inspired by a photo of writer Arielle Brousse doing yoga. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years. Arielle writes the Unforgettable Detritus blog and curates The Sensible Nonsense Project, a collection of writing about people’s favorite childhood books. Thank you to Arielle for allowing me to use the photos, and for all the entertaining and inspiring writing she’s done over the years.

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