White Oakspace . . . (Quercus alba) Native to North America.
This is architecture! This is design!
This is the harmony of complex curve & simple,
strong, straight line.
White Oak Space!
As I walk about the landmaking photos & walking
are for me inseparableverses come along
as trusty friends. I say them outloud as I walk.
Sometimes my own, sometimes
translations Im working on, sometimes a new
poem Id like to learn. Heres an old 37-step piece
of mine Ive been walking with for almost 20 years
from FIRST/LAST; it has a resonant, fractal rhythm
(5 + 8 + 8 _3_ 5 + 8 = 37 syllables or steps)
that rather reminds me of the oak's wood as it hits
the strong, accented beats:
This patience of trees,
an unmoveable trust of the earth
upon which they stand, nets weav-
into the light, the
dark, growing in a l l directions.
White Oak acorns need about
120 days to mature; After turning
brown, they take another 25 days to
fall from the tree.
White Oak: August acorns
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