Octopus Tree

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Octopus Tree

 

Reach 

this way

 

said the octopus tree

her clever arms thrust 

earth 

deep

 

as if she worked nets 

cast 

beneath us

 

gathering the intimate

shining

shadows 

 

of what we gave up

to fit in

 

as if to show us

reclamation

 

is an act far gentler

than belief

 

and what heals 

the soft mantle of this

world

 

is not the rooting out 

of our own pieces

 

but the tough joy of 

being

 

found

in that retrieval.

2 thoughts on “Octopus Tree

  1. Tricia, this is holy writing. Beautiful imagery, simple and startling concrete language, not a single word misplaced or unnecessary. This — “Octopus Tree” — its form and its message — is everything I want in poetry, and in life. You are the tree, this teacher, this spirit, who helps us find ourselves again in reclaiming the “shadows of what we gave up to fit in.” Forever in awe of your work — this is my favorite piece of yours!

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