King: The Forest

I've known forests:

I've known forests vast as oceans and taller than mountains.


My sould has grown roots like the forest's.


I saw the dark snakes of trunks and long limbs of roots.

I entered the silences betweent the leaves.

I touched the very peace they issue from.

I climbed the branched, one leading to another, to the

          Top where I was tallest.

          Sea and grass stretched below.

          Bowing down to their king:

          The forest.


I've known forests:

Dark, sacred forests.


My soul has grown roots like the forest's.



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