Above the snow, a single maple holding forth
its dying flame. Among the feats of Nature:
greening from dry bulb, sour alchemy of rot, a rusty
handprint of lichen;
space-seeking species springing up after fire,
as though they took no lesson from destruction
but to begin again, twice as joyful.
from Madonna Magdalene. © Turning Point.
[First posted January 30, 2007]