Family Forest

I wind my way back
toward our tree

observe the branch
which bore my leaf

retrace the trunk
down to its roots

then glance across
the wider woods

aware the forest
rose from seeds

preceding all
we cultivate

from histories
outgrown by life

now ground beneath
the underbrush.

Family Forest © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: September 30, 2020