shed skins (20160807)

the eucalyptus has shed
its bark
now a smooth white
shushing like sandpaper
under my palm

it stretches fifty feet or more
and twists as it grows
a split the width of my finger
the length of my forearm
rises up the trunk

how simple it seems
to grow this way
add a ring
lose some skin
start over each year
praying for rain
and easy winds

5 thoughts on “shed skins (20160807)

  1. oh how this is so striking, moving, in a quiet and reflective way – yet the noticing of the changes, the smallest of details, how integral and important, and the desire to aspire to consider our own resilience in this way – beautiful!

    love the lines:

    now a smooth white
    shushing like sandpaper
    under my palm

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