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The Trees Turn

The Trees Turn

By Kathleen Jesme

October's fiery sun enters the woods
   falls down among the trees
   spatters the ground.

Looking west I see the heart of the woods:
a furnace of light.

You tell me to enter this light - or is it this heart,
this woods, this furnace?

But if I stand here and wait a while
until it enters me -

No, surely it will pass by
just as you have
without igniting

even though the fuel is dry
and ready for flame.

Prairie Schooner, Vol. 76, No. 3 (Fall 2002), p. 88

Biography

Kathleen Jesme

Kathleen Jesme is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Meridian (Tupelo P) and The Plum-Stone Game (Ahsahta P). Albedo (Ahsahta P) is forthcoming. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she lives in Minnesota.

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