I am standing in the open.
Pine tree with one white heron in its crown.
High above Stephen’s Creek where I used to wade naked
and green
I have come through fifty years of undergrowth to be

Come back where my grandfather grew crowder peas and water melons
as a cash crop
come back to the green woman lying on her back
a few plowed ruts still showing faintly on her belly.
Her head is near the road where the oak gate has rotted.
Her feet are cooling in Stephen’s Creek.

But this is a dream.
I walk a hundred yards deeper into surrounding oaks
looking for one acorn among a thousand others to carry home.
All of us are blazing up from the ground lit by their own existence.

This is all I am and ever want to be.



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