Guardians of the Understory

With loyal limbs
and weaving leaves

trees bow and braid
their widespread net

intent to nourish
then protect

as branches gather
feasts of light

or cast a current
out of sight

or temper heat
as summer strains

or shield grounds
from rampant rains

while plants expand
as food or homes

so any creature
eats or roams

beneath these breathing

preserving Earth
for centuries.

Guardians of the Understory © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: May 8, 2020