Poetry: Positive Feedback & Tree Waltz

by Linh Nguyen

Positive Feedback

ever wonder why we destroy something so beautiful?

that river where our blood runs

beating in measured harmonies

to life surrounding, singing in glory

that forest of trails where we once walked joy escaping through quaking leaves,

each footstep lighting stories,

inspiring movies, music, and poetry

that ocean of our origin, waters of wisdom

of foam-swept jewels and deep blue treasures,

adorn with coral reefs and ancestral anemones,

dancing in sea-life

that laughter and bright-eyes spark,

windows to our souls, shadows to our selves,

images of our “God”

all, that gives answers to who we are

stunted by solipsism, gored through greed

hushed by bombs and bullets, silenced,

stolen and buried in graveyards

of steel, plastic, concrete, chemicals, walls,

dividing, growing, burning, feeding, revealing…

ever wonder why we destroy something so beautiful?

Tree Waltz

every tree rises within us,

their branches reach for our breath

growing within each heartbeat

calling forth the song

in each inspiration,

lungs filling to form

what cannot be seen,

but felt, here

in the wave that moves us

dissolving in exhalation

into a dance forming within a pause

and flowering in-between

finding shape in curving branches

how they hold what has fallen

awakening our skin to snow

our sternum to strangers

as resonance rises through our roots

and drums the dead to life

buds open in the listening

to wisdom hardened in heartwood

whispering through aging rings

secrets proffer in tactile invitation

the bliss of fractal unison

is it in the silence or the

language of her that moves us?

hands to air, to snow

to embody the music of the unseen

to hold in prayer

the forgotten songs of

which we waltz to

when war of words stain the cell

and pompous pixels pain the heart

peace arrives in a waltz

with trees

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