BUSH CHORD

by Tobin Stokes

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pine poplar willow and punk wood
spit and spark
while bone hard elm birch apple and oak
hum harmonious 
fine hard woods – good wood to burn
these wonder instruments pressure whistle
chattering, cheering, cackling
crackling within a hesitant cyclone of light
flickering flames
of sublime delight, warming slow, they give us life

parse this minor miracle of mega bio-physics
of holy fire drawn down
from primal sun
through leaves to rugged root shoots far flung
look here now
to this instant, brilliant burn
an intense unrehearsed liquid fire 
a sound symphony of sun struck lyres
complete and sacred
a rare but common gift

the honey musk smell of jumbled bush wood
burns deep into primal memory
     (remember those crisp sun-filled fall days
     of cutting, gathering, splitting, stacking, 
     carrying, piling, drying, and cursing
     those back breaking loads?)

to get to this
this calm clear moment
listen 

listen
to these bush chords
please

Margaret Lindsay Holton
Bush Chord. Spring, 2006.

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