© 2011 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved
Felling the Forest
The winds of change blow, gale force, across the surface of the soul,
uprooting trees, stalwart giants of serenity, having grown there
through the rolling years in solemn and turbulent silence;
their mighty trunks taken for granted,
patterned curtains of leaves protecting, nurturing
the soft dark undergrowth lying quiet and undisturbed
these many moons.
The shock of exposed roots, the despairing crack of limbs,
the sudden hysterical rustle of living green crashing tangled to the earth
alarms the heart.
The unfamiliar weight of shattered wood on soil
unused to being trodden – much less crushed –
beneath fallen expectations, is not entirely unwelcome,
The sky, once shrouded by those trees, is visible now
in all its endless vista.
And, crouching in the fallen forest, trembling yet intrigued,
waits a halfgrown fledgling, unsure of wingspan, strength and loft,
but brave enough, now that the blue bowl of the cosmos is revealed,
to flutter, flap and finally soar from its shelter in the soil
to claim its true domain.
© 2011 RC deWinter
Digital oils; taken from an original photograph
shot after Hurricane Irene in Middletown,
Connecticut, September 4, 2011.
Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Time Machine, Arkvis Oils
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Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
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