TREE HARMONICS

TREE HARMONICS 
for Calla on her 19th birthday

I.

A modulation in the wind
foreshadows the new harmonics.

A modulation in color:
cherry petals resolve towards green,

yellow-green, as if liquid light
were puddling in those thin leaf-cups.

We are now in the key of e-flat.
I’d forgotten this would happen,

as while you were growing I forgot
that you would continue to grow

just as each April I forget
the color pink does not exist
in the lexicon of summer.

II.

Blossom harmonics–
until the wind modulates.
Listen: chords of leaves.

–Karen Rile

Pascale Smith

photo credit: mike ermilio

 


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