Accompaniment with the Trees: Particular Pleasures

Particular Pleasures: EightMile Lake Hike, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

The summer garden asks for different things. A different kind of attention to water. Each tree with its own thirst, its differing hunger.  The poet had called them out from their silence during the time of war and occupation. The memories of trees was greater than what any of them knew. They had  voices, but how to access them?

Backpacking trip to EightMile Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness through fires of recent years, Burned-out trees, and charred roots stand for portraits and as witnesses, for solitaries passing through. Listening and meditation walk. Conversation with books in the backpack: David Hinton, Fenton Johnson, Belden C. Lane.

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