MITCHEL COHEN: Among the Redwoods

for Judi Bari

Hello old friends, it’s been many years

Ere I walked among ye, towering


Duffy mulch absorbs each step

Woods burl with life emerging


Here, warless warriors born before the Crusades

Bear regal witness to the graceless masquerade


Of new and newer holocausts. Omipotent hum

Of chains saw your wisdom


Establish greed’s dominion

Profits über alles; Let me touch your skin


And not possess it, kiss your ancient lips, spill

My memories skyborne into your arms


Hear your silence slap the buzzing air

Fingers blazing with contempt


And join your final stand. At last

To soar among ye, towering.

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