Poems by Brandon Cesmat

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Pine Speak

by Brandon Cesmat

From Canary Winter 2010-11

Brandon lives just above Paradise Creek Canyon through which water trickles into what's left of the San Luis Rey River.

I stand here by the grace of my scars.
See the burl on my trunk's downhill-side where
I isolated an infection into
                            the pupil of a wooden eye.
All I have to say is, See?
See the vertical line of my trunk
                                          broken by boughs.

I am implicated by gravity's law:
the dead bird beneath my limbs and
the needles I've dropped over him;
I'd do as much for you.
How well do I remember that bird?
Not well, they all move so fast.
My male and female pinecones
                                          on the ground together,
sex, sex, sex everywhere.
Where is the love in this law?

Still, I claim innocence.
                       Indifference is one of my gifts.
I am in the business of enfolding light,
absorbing water and minerals,
releasing my all as seeds.

I'm not proud of my scars.
My wood can rot or burn for all I care.
I tell you we are both blessed
to have made it this far
with anything to lose.

from Brandonís book, Light in All Directions, (Poetic Matrix Press, 2010)

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