The Great Tree of Poetry


[A poem of mine written in my thirties in the year of Chernobyl, 1986. The Great Tree is referencing the Nordic Yggdrasil, the Great Tree archetype also found in many other cultures, a symbol of the universe. A sound, performance poem…Read it aloud, folks. Photo is of a native fig at Gerringong Boat Harbour.]

The Great Tree of Poetry

Hail language, living thing, not dried,
drawn, dirge- or death-cracked,
crumbled, not tied, sawn, not tracked
& tumbled, not numbed & mumbled,
hung on hooks in grammar books

not pinned, flayed on racks of rules,
rule-racked, gone to the wall
in unreal book-lined caverns
where collectors rot, inquisitors
creepycrawl along the stacks…

No! Yes! to free-flying taverns
of reeling whiskeywarm words
cursing, courting, coursing the sap
of the star-shattering megamind tree
firmly rooted in dung, death,
netherwormed, crucifiable, undead
& bearing the fruit of freeflow breath:

apple, fig,
squirrel, eagle,
trickster, unicorn

~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on March 15, 2015.

One Response to “The Great Tree of Poetry”

  1. rings so true…

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