Landscape 13 Fagus Grandifolia
The forest appears tranquil.
by Stewart McKenzie
A sunbeam through the pollen dust
The only straightness in this vegetable world.
Look longer at this peaceful scene,
A moment in the struggle for the light.
Slow, ceaseless, without feeling whatsoever,
A mortal photosynthetic dance,
Survival the prize.
A beech succors its root-born young
With sunlight from the high canopy.
The shadow of a beech leaf falls
Upon a stillborn acorn.
Fagus Grandifolia, the cancer of the woods.
From the rot of age, the bane of time, a great oak falls,
Light strikes the floor
To a hurrying explosion of green
And the long succession begins.