said the bunchberry, as it shrugged crimson-stained leaves
freed, just recently, from summer’s green mask
and I pointed, bemused, at the cracked grey stump
whiskery with lichen, bearded by moss, surrounded in bunchberry,
garnished with one.
I said, this ancient nurse of a tree, in whose cracked bark you cling
perched like a lighthouse, or a bloom on a grave.
asked the bunchberry, with leaves spread wide, as if holding the sunlight
like water, or a whirling
and then I glimpsed it – the bunchberry’s view – and was drawn
into a world with no other.