since you are a breath in God's
sphere, and a leaf in God's forest, you too
should rest in reason and move in
-excerpt from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
Gilbran says "take
comfort in the quaking aspen"
without mentioning the tree that trembles,
"moves in passion," by name.
Out there on the mountain slopes.
among the rational pines gathered behind them.
Pines with stiff fragrant needles
that never move if they can help it
and hang on year after year.
Aspens that frolic light-heartedly.
Graceful white trunks,
slender by evergreen standards, their leaves
drive the passionate winds to distraction.
And we delight in the lack of logic,
the unpremeditated dance of aspens
until the snows come.
Then we gather the solid logic
of pine cones.
If you've a comment on her poem, L.Fullington would be
pleased to hear from you.