Oak Medicine

Oak Medicine

A Poem by barleygirl
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inspired by Redzone's poem "Ancient Pueblos"

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Photo: As sun’s trajectory dips lower across the autumn sky, wedged between two ridges, my ravine goes shady for longer stretches. A spreading live-oak below my bluff is a still dark blob in a sea of quivering green and yellow sycamores. But now and then the sun breaks through and this massive oak tree is backlit. Seeing this breakthrough strikes me as a spiritual experience.

Note: Live-oak is a larger evergreen species -- these trees don't lose their leaves as do the more prevalent scrub oaks (deciduous).

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Creek-carved rift is artesian-quenched
cloaked by flora-choked catacombs . . .
my arroyo murmurs endless melodies
windswept echoes syncopate on shale
random reminders of life’s incongruities.

Revered live-oak commands center-stage
gnarled pewter cloaks furtive heartwood
withholding filigreed mossy inclinations
a single murky whisper amid verdant flutters
his stealth overwhelms the taller sycamores
with towering trunks swaying effortlessly
as afternoon breeze rouses a lively salsa.

Wee mornings, spry sycamores slumber late
while ancient oak stirs a batch of his medicine
for those wise to the ways of daybreak magic
below my sunlit deck, on his expansive throne
oak’s essence emanates fearsome tree spirit.

One special moment, for a mere minute or two
only when solar rays penetrate at a fussy slant
deep dark heartwood is graced with radiance
a sight to untie the knots of endless questing
kindling a slow smolder of inner truth instead.

How many times has so-called enlightenment
hit the high seas, tsunami-swamped an eternity . . .
how long since the last beam of light penetrated
furtive heartwood growing gnarled and knotted?

© 2019 barleygirl


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that is a wonderful nature tribute
I like well done nature poems better than any other
I am highly impressed with your wording and wish I had a similar selection available
We are apparently going to enjoy a 'beaver moon' over the next while which spreads long shadows in a brightish night
Very nicely done


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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

As a moonchild (zodiac sign) & avid moon watcher, I am SOOOO glad you gave me a heads-up about the b.. read more



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You captured so well the spirit of this ancient tree, making us appreciate why trees were sacred to ancient civilizations - and should be revered and cherished in our own time. The complexity of the tree's composition is reflected in the gnarled texture of the diction, stirring our senses and our spirits so well.

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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I have so many stories about so many beloved trees that have graced my life. I've decided to drop my.. read more
Again and again I learn from you dear Margie. Great style with tutorial on the Live-oak setting the stage for your verses. Verses 4 and 5 are filled with spiritual radiance. Nature is your poetic forte and your descriptive expertise is evident throughout. The backlit Live-oak in your spectacular photo is iconic in its majesty. Brilliant, intuitive writing my friend.

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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I'm often hyper & skittish in summer, so my writing has been flippant & exaggerated for fun . . . bu.. read more
"Gnarled and knotted" we are, Margie! We're blessed with the "live oak" among the submitting deciduous trees, who know life a bit differently. This poem speaks not only to natural diversity, but the beauty in so-called imperfections, the gnarls and knots that make us truly natural beings. The photo frames the canvas, but your words paint the scene.

NOTE: I love the live oak and lived under them for 15 years in southeast Georgia. It's one of many things I miss about the South.

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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

When I posted this poem on FB, a friend from the south bragged about their love of oaks, along with .. read more
R.E. Ray

5 Months Ago

You're welcome, Margie. You're a pleasure to read.
I have a trees poem unposted here yet that mentions all these trees but you have wound your muse around them with awesome poetic description woww. So creative how you phrase ESP, ' verdant flutters' ooh and sunlit deck and makes me admire the trees imagery all through. Kudos for this spectacular poem.

Nice to read from you again....plz pleez do review/ comment/ write your thoughts under my newest poem.


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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

If your trees poem is UNPOSTED . . . and you're telling me about it . . . maybe you want someone to .. read more
Margie - coupled with the beautiful pic I could easily see myself admiring this natural beauty. I'm sure that I would love to see it live. The scene you paint with your words, as ever, is so outstanding, but like you I love nature and to see it in real life would be fantastic I'm sure.
Thank you for your "painting". Take care - Dave

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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Thank you for appreciating & relating to my nature scene with oak . . . with my Halloween craze I've.. read more
Dave

5 Months Ago

Hmmm - I've neglected my Halloween promise.
I'm finishing up Mindy - Part VI - the conclusion.. read more
that is a wonderful nature tribute
I like well done nature poems better than any other
I am highly impressed with your wording and wish I had a similar selection available
We are apparently going to enjoy a 'beaver moon' over the next while which spreads long shadows in a brightish night
Very nicely done


Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

As a moonchild (zodiac sign) & avid moon watcher, I am SOOOO glad you gave me a heads-up about the b.. read more
What a wonderfully poetic expression of more of nature's lessons to the humans. I love when I am in orchards and the sun shines through the beaches and leaves making spotlights all around.

Beautiful work Margie.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Love your orchard share! Glad you get my fascination! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie
Wonderful and beautiful use of description. I felt I was with you dear friend. The trees are turning now in Michigan. First cold days have arrived. Thank you for sharing your amazing words and thoughts.
Coyote

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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I have also been inspired by much of your own excellent writing with an authentic Native flair . . ... read more
Coyote Poetry

5 Months Ago

I enjoyed this one dear Margie and you are welcome.

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