Fossilized Fingers

Fossilized Fingers

A Poem by barleygirl
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a fulsome tree still fully defined . . .

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Perched on a bestie boulder
above an immense watershed
routinely swept by wildfire
the frothy rocky Arroyo Seco
dwindles in savage drought
a ravine-ramble far below.

Coo-coooo . . . a covey of quail
skitter by single file, stop-and-go
as if pulled along by a sinewave
pulling my sight to a manzanita
torched in a long-forgotten blaze
decade-ravaged to polished ivory.

Fossilized fingers bursting out in
all directions, intricate, unsnapped
peering up-close, each detail intact
the blights of wildfire and time
are simple illusions that can’t erase
a fulsome tree still fully-defined.

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© 2021 barleygirl


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hello there, ____(i note you're refraining from using your name)
i've long been a longtime tree hugger.
we have wildfires here too, the eucalyptus trees with their inherent oil can really explode sometimes.
love your poem story. hope the quails found a home & some tucker (aussie for food.)
when you see a dead tree one wonders what little creatures had lived there long ago & where did they move to.
cheerio carola

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

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I love the share about the eucalyptus exploding! I used to live in a grove of them & my oft-clogged .. read more
barleygirl

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Afterthought . . . I'm not refraining from using my name, which is Margie Willis. I almost ditched t.. read more



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Firstly - welcome back hon :) This is a stunning poem...I could see the tale from human perspective or from the tree's perspective. Nature shapes her own world as she deems fit I think - the cycle of renewal and necessity plays a part and yet this tree is ever more breathtaking for its stamina and determination to brighten the observer's visit and day :) There was a tree I used to visit that had been struck by lightning, not much of it was left but over time it grew back stronger and more lovely, perhaps not the vision it originally was but nevertheless a beauty to behold in my eyes...trees are friends in my opinion, I really enjoyed meeting this one :)

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What a lovely tribute to one of our world's greatest creations, our gorgeous trees, in all their glory throughout their long and fascinating lives! Wonderful imagery!!!

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barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Thanks for such a glowing tribute to the tree! I have not done justice in writing about trees fully .. read more
hello there, ____(i note you're refraining from using your name)
i've long been a longtime tree hugger.
we have wildfires here too, the eucalyptus trees with their inherent oil can really explode sometimes.
love your poem story. hope the quails found a home & some tucker (aussie for food.)
when you see a dead tree one wonders what little creatures had lived there long ago & where did they move to.
cheerio carola

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

I love the share about the eucalyptus exploding! I used to live in a grove of them & my oft-clogged .. read more
barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Afterthought . . . I'm not refraining from using my name, which is Margie Willis. I almost ditched t.. read more
I am wondering if the tree of the poem is the one in the illustration. Anything that could survive the California wildfires and time both is a tribute to life in all its forms.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

The photo is NOT this tree. This tree experience was 30 years ago for me & we usually didn't bring a.. read more
Fossilised trees tell a story Margie. Quite a change from one all green and leafy. This one appeared stark. It's bark suffering. Its bite gone. Dying or dead trees reach out to me. I wanted to know more. Climate change is going to have us all crying.

Chris

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barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Speaking of climate change, northern California was a mess this year, culling all the dead trees. On.. read more
Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

So pleased you have not had the destruction of fires. Heartbreaking the damage done.
Fossilised trees are a reminder that not everything is destroyed by time. I love looking at them, wondering what they would say if they could talk and we could hear them. Probably something along the lines of "Is that the best you've got? I'm goin nowhere pal!" 😊
And yes, I spent many a day at the fossil Grove in Victoria Park, giving voice to and narrating in my head the world's strangest play. I can't remember how it ended, but think they may have grabbed the weird schoolkids (me) and fossilised me, just to get some peace 😊

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barleygirl

1 Week Ago

I am sorting thru my junk as I prepare to get a dumpster soon. I was reading something that an old b.. read more
Artfully written,
A poem worth a hundred reads,
Dylan

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

I'm delighted by your words (((HUGS)))

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