Thinking about wood – for dVerse

So, lately I’ve been thinking about wood,
the way it ages. The way the beauty of it
is in the stubborness, the drive to growth,
the knottiness. I’ve been thinking
about how a tree holds its memories
on the inside, grows out and up,
reaching for the sky. I’ve been thinking
about beeswax: feeding the table,
attending to the scratched surface,
the scars we’ve made through living,
the stains that have gone deep,
deep into the wood, sunk under the surface.
I’ve been thinking about driftwood,
shaped by the sea, but keeping
its own essential twists and turns,
the smoothness of wood,
the splinters. I’ve been thinking
about the willow slips that sprout,
put out roots and leaves,
so determined to grow, to green.

Amaya is hosting at dVerse tonight, and we are thinking about traditional views of the elements that make us up as people – and the world, too, I guess. I don’t believe in astrology, doesn’t make sense to me, but I know a lot of people do. If you are interested, my zodiac sign is earth, my Chinese sign is fire -but my Chinese year is wood. I’ve also worked on the principle that everything you write is about yourself at some level. This is my meditation on wood.

25 July 2020 and I’m linking this up to earthweal, for the weekend open link invitation. 

17 thoughts on “Thinking about wood – for dVerse

  1. Like people, you were really able to bring out the tree’s attributes that make it so able to feel compassion for: our memories, our scars, our hardness wanting to still bring forth new life despite weathered souls.


  2. I’ve always felt wood carries within it memories untold. I can put my hand on the patina of an antique and stand fantasizing about the stories it might tell. Driftwood often cast upon the Pacific shore in Oregon seemed to me to speak of mysterious foreign places and long ocean voyages. As I read your poem, I see I’m not the only one captured by wood!

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  3. Trees are the great life givers and guardians of the earth. You do them honor in speaking of their wisdom in their many forms. This is a beautiful tribute, Sarah.


  4. This is a wonderful read. I love thinking of the tree, growing from the inside out………there is so much about trees that is the same as in humans………..astoundingly so. I love your closing lines. I am always astounded at how much LIFE there is – how everything strives so hard to grow – everything but humans. I hope we figure our connection out soon to everything that lives.


  5. Wood is wonderful and so is your meditation on it, Sarah! How did you find out your Chinese sign and year? I’m a Leo, my zodiac sign is fire and I know I was I was born in the Chinese year of the monkey. I hope my Chinese year is wood too, you know how much I love trees.

    I love that you write about wood’s ‘stubborness, the drive to growth, / the knottiness’, the lines about feeding the table with beeswax, and the determined willow, and my favourite lines are:
    ‘I’ve been thinking about driftwood,
    shaped by the sea, but keeping
    its own essential twists and turns,
    the smoothness of wood,
    the splinters…’


  6. I do believe that living with wood is important to our living spaces, especially our homes. I have never felt comfortable in the cold spareness of metal and glass. Your words tell me why. (K)


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