21 June – Tree toes

The river path by us
winds narrow and gnarly,
so watch your step
as well as the wild –
especially where,
among silt and stone,
tree toes cross the path
like splayed little crow claws,
moving at wood stretching slow
towards – not beside – the water.
For I can’t help but think,
even mighty oaks wince
when careless booted walkers
tread and trample on their feet!