Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cribbed Logs

A defining fire:
Carbon remains;
A curriculum derived
From a test of lives,
Escape velocities,
And tusks dropping
To the ground.
After which
An absent sound,
Silence of
Startled birds,
Replaces words.


  1. When i taught and lived in Elk Grove many years ago when Geo. was one of my students, I had cords of wood like this that gradually diminished each year like the see here. The words and image bring all of that back to me. Thanks!

  2. Hey Geo, What kind of woood is that in the picture? Bay, Buckeye?

  3. It's Eucalyptis, Annie B. The strange heart-wood pattern came from how it grew off a stump for thirty years --really just a forty-foot-tall sucker. I'll have to cut it again when I'm 91.

  4. It looks beautiful. I hope you don't mind if I plug you on fb too...