scent of decay

crush of leaves underfoot
soft mound of brown where a tree once lay
warm, woody scent of decay
of life and death entwined

all along the mound of tree that was
life is emerging
from the crumbly mulch a man-fern sprouts
delicate fungi in clusters grow
and moss drapes elegantly over all

from the earth the tree was born
grew magnificent, reaching to the sun
birds sang in its branches
possums clambered its trunk
devils growled and chased around it
wallabies nibbled and contemplated
while womats ignored all and dug

and tree fulfilled its life
returned to earth
to live again

I want no coffin for my grave,
no cross to mark where my body lies,
let me rest beneath a tree,
branches reaching to the sun, the moon,
proclaiming life that includes me.

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scent of decay

Alenka Co

Stonebow, Australia

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