Palimpsest

August 7, 2018

Consider the paper on which
I write, and, however hidden,
all it contains: in the forest,
the tree, the person who felled it,
those at the pulp mill, the mothers,
the fathers, the farmers who fed
them, the crops in the fields, onion,
rhubarb, spinach, corn, the rain that
watered, the sunlight that warmed,
the soil, the earthworm, the honeybee,
root.

Consider the words, these printed
in ink, the eyes that see, the mind
that reads, the hand that is holding
pine, paper, peach.

Consider creation, consider prayer:
the world in a grain of sand, heaven
in a wild flower
. Consider connection,
eternity too, and, if you can, tell me,
where is the beginning and where is
the end?