The Psalmody of Trees – a poem by Philip C. Kolin

The Psalmody of Trees


We belong to each other.
My name inscribed in cursive
on your ruddy skin, your leaves falling,
shawling me in glorious greenery.

What I reflect on you have already seen.
Your limbs limn sacred texts pulled from
bounty's breezes. Your rustles echo heaven's
drum snares and whispering strings. 

Together we sing in the same choir of air
savoring the long syllables of summertide.
But what a paradox we are, the soil
holding us even as we reach for the clouds.

Philip Kolin is the Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) and Editor Emeritus of the Southern Quarterly at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has published over 40 books, including twelve collections  of poetry and chapbooks. Among his most recent titles are Emmett Till in Different States (Third World Press, 2015), Reaching Forever (Poiema Series, Cascade Books, 2019), Delta Tears (Main Street Rag, 2020), Wholly God’s:Poems (Wind and Water Press, 2021), and forthcoming Americorona: Poems about the Pandemic (Negative Capability Press, 2022).

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