15 November – Tree people

Some tree bark looks almost exactly like smooth skin
that’s been stretched and puckered over wood-bone limbs.
And once you notice it creasing round particular points
you can’t help but think those points are just like joints.
And once you’ve got started on this line of reflection,
you’ll begin to see arboreal humans in every direction.
Roughened bark brings nothing but wrinkles to mind
and each sycamore has gnarly knees to find.
Good luck not perceiving branches now as fingers reaching out,
and being sure it’s just the wind that’s moving them about.
What is it about us that sees ourselves everywhere,
projecting characters and motives on to creatures, plants and air?
Still there’s little more wonderful than taking a creative walk,
ignoring your rational self and letting your imagination talk.