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Patience of the Cross Timbers. (Poetry).

Patience of the Cross Timbers

   Hundreds of years growing on a steep hill, desolate, aging
   despite scarce nourishment, they wait for history to recognize them.

   Crooked cedars, centuries old, twist in the shifting light of
   seasons, and cling to a long forgotten hill shared by three-hundred-

   year-old post oaks, every head cut off by lightning, every stump
   holding out side limbs like wires on ragged and weathered
   clothes-line poles.

   Recorded history reveals itself in the cross timbers' rings, some
   narrow as a spider's thread, examined not by eye, but magnified to
   count

   each period of drought, season of rain, each scarring fire, tornado,
   flood, times of settlement and grazing. Washington Irving slept here

   among the timbers, now a century older, and proclaimed them
   beautiful. They have waited these years to hear it once again.

   I wait. Transition is permanent. I understand these trees which grow
   around rock and moss, trees which stretch limbs in crooked lines

   seeking elusive light, trying to catch the run-away water, clinging
   to life long enough to leave a legacy on the land before becoming

   firewood. Their endurance, spirituality of patience, their
   mandala of encyclopedic rings. What they have is what I want.


Cynthia Cynthia

goddess of the moon. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 72]

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Author:Gustavson, Cynthia
Publication:Sojourners
Article Type:Poem
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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