I’d like to think the forest and I
have something in common:
a quiet comfort to imagine
my veins as xylem and phloem,
full of sugar and elegance.
I’d like to be autotrophic,
in a way — a provider.
Sustainable, substantial, life-giving.
Imagine it: the world thrumming
about your roots, communication
with the soil, nitrogenous and softly damp.
I don’t know about you,
but I find peace
in my potential for symbiosis.
I can close my eyes around it
comfortably, breathing in the knowledge
that my exhales sustain trees.