forest lore

forest lore
simple fare, not denied
to self-organized species
we call life.
We come alive in narrative.
Structured tales
tether history,
scientists’ discovery:
We saw, surmised, tested,
told for you to see.
All of artistry suspends in story.
Society, politics, religious creeds,
myths of tribes and
nations; war and tribulations,
arguments for peace, for justice,
philosophers’ laboratories,
suggestions, syntheses …
Grey matter cogitates, spins
memory far beyond
sense perception,
evolving interaction within
an eco-sphere.
A tree may speak of self
within its frame
But feels no need to form
fantasies of ancient trees,
explain the lore of forest.

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