–Denise LevertovI move among the anklesof forest Elders, tread
their moist rugs of moss,
duff of their soft brown carpets.
Far above, their arms are held
open wide to each other, or waving
what they know, what
perplexities and wisdoms they exchange,
unknown to me as were the thoughtsof grownups when in infancy I wandered
into a roofed clearing amidst
human feet and legs and the massivecarved legs of the table,
the minds of people, the minds of trees
equally remote, my attention thenfilled with sensations, my attention now
caught by leaf and bark at eye level
and by thoughts of my own, but sometimes
drawn to upgazing-up and up: to wonder
about what rises so far above me into the light.