Not just a man who understood
the confounding breath of the forest

but a man who knew both fire and peace
in the conversation of tree and leaf

Shrewd and silent as scenting wolves
he might’ve remarked

We humans often live foraging words
forgetting the names of trees

but the songs we seek in solitude
keep us alive to the cries of shrieking birds

the wind-broken branch
enduring love and the mountains
of miracles

Image credit:Marek Szturc

Mark A. Murphy is the editor of online journal, POETiCA REViEW. His poetry has appeared in over 250 magazines in print and online. He is the author of 7 full-length collections including "The Ruin of Eleanor Marx" due out in spring 2022 from Moloko Plus in Germany.


The boutique poetry pamphlet "Sea Wake & Some Last Poems" with Milner Place and Mark A. Murphy was also published by Moloko Plus in 2021