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The secret life
of elm and oak
and thin white poplars -
elegant apostles
on a winter night,
grazing the moon
like tapers in December.

I smell earth -
peat and cedar
and the indulgent bulge
of maple,
crafting the air
like a smith
lost in his work.
Chestnuts bear an offering
and the yearning pall
of pine scents the sky
till it's thick with resin.

And they gather
with boughs and limbs
bent like priests at play,
roots tight as ancient drums
to ruminate on stories,
sinewed in fragrant bark
making merry where
the green bends back
the world.
Happy 2012!

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RAMOLEN Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Wow. Very cool.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it!
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Someone believed you deserve a DD! Your work has been featured here as a result! :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks again! I really appreciate that!
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AlienDirector Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
amazing work!well done!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I am very glad you like it - thanks!
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chryssalis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
The way you write is amazing!!:clap::love:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Writer
That is very nice of you to say - many thanks.
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IsabellaMichel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Writer
This is a strong one sir. Just thought I'd let you know. ^^

Especially love :heart:

"I smell earth -
peat and cedar
and the indulgent bulge
of maple,
crafting the air
like a smith
lost in his work."
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks. A little green in the cold winter.
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love trees very much and believe in their power :D what a nice subject to write about
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I am very glad you like it!
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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rRAKHI Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Writer
Very classic feel to this .
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I am very glad you like it!
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rRAKHI Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Writer
I must tell you your poems have a very classic feel to them,unlike modern poetry(i starve to see that)very Victorian era sorta.Modern Poetry is informal and there is dearth of creativity,but your poems are masterpieces in itself.I kinda breathe when i read you.A bow.:)
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ElfFriend1 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Artist
Oh, this is beautiful! I half-expect to turn around and see a scop reciting this in some ancient hall- it has that feel to it. :clap:

I really enjoy your use of language. It's sophisticated, but you don't overuse words- you say just enough to paint the picture, and let the words you have do that job. Which they do beautifully.

This piece reminds me of Susan Cooper (if you've read her books, The Dark is Rising series. If you haven't, LOOK THEM UP! :reading:)

I really really enjoyed this piece! Beautifully done!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Writer
That is incredibly kind of you - many thanks!
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Mordial33 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This poem is very well written. And I love the photo. I added the picture to my favorites.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I wanted to start 2012 with something uplifting!
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Mordial33 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I think you did a very good job about that. All of your poems (that I have had the time to read!) are amazing, but this is one of your better ones. Keep working at it and happy new year!
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icedoll101 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Writer
Beautifully written and just amazing. I :heart: it!! :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I am very glad you enjoyed it - many thanks. Happy 2012!
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent poem my dearest friend!,I loved what you wrote!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! Something cheery for 2012!
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KaysThoughts Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
wonderful work :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I am very glad you enjoyed it - many thanks. Happy 2012!
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KaysThoughts Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
I wish you a Happy New Year too and you're very welcome :heart:
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
That really celebrates romantic connection with the earth and life. Thanks for writing it, Brendan.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! That was what I was going for, along with something to wake up the senses.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy blessed 2012!!! :love:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
The same to you - I hope yours is wonderful!
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dangerousemo123 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That was beautiful!!!!!!!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
I am glad you like it - thanks!
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Photobunni Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice free verse. Love the imagery.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! And Happy New Years!
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HannahDklov14 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Bravissimo :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate that!
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alapip Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
unusually fine effort, Branden!

[and, i commented and faved the photo, too]

pip
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I really like the photo!
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JirachitheGreat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's...beautiful...
O_O
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
I appreciate that - thanks!
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Yriel-chan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful.. *--*

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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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Yriel-chan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
x3
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Very descriptive; I could smell and taste it! It goes so well with the image.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I was hoping it would be a nice assault on the senses.
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wh0rem0ans Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
I do love trees and their conversations. :frail:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
So do I! Happy New Years!
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wh0rem0ans Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Happy New Year :frail:
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