white pine teachings

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white pine teachings

i.

 

standing tall.

never asking for nothing more than to be remembered

as one of many stands

 

they were the first who were taken

across great channels of water

 

those hackers

didn’t even say those sacred words

didn’t even offer any tobacco

not even an offering of their blood

 

instead,

they left jagged trunks scattered across the land

they were the first to be taken

 

is this what happens when you stand tall

and reach for the sky?

 

 

ii.

 

one can go day after day without

really taking notice of street lights, lining roadsides

peering down with a cyclops eye

wires spread like roots live with electric chlorophyll

feeding the masses down below

all you need to do is just plug in

 

streetlights hang from trees

once part of great forests

chopped hacked bulldozed

 

this is what happens when you stand tall

with arms stretched out, reaching

for the sky

 

 

iii.

 

walking the trails at mud lake

white pines stand tall, straight

and teach me to reach for the sky

no matter what the cost

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