Spruce at Dawn by Sara Wright

Spruce towers
over weeping hemlock
balsam and pine.
Pale peach clouds
paint the sky circling
fringed spires.
our first cathedrals…
Some still gather
under these boughs.
Her Voice
is being Silenced.
The Spirit of
the Forest

Slaughtered trees cry.
‘There’s nothing to be done.
One far –away day
We will live again’.
Rapacious greed,
eclipse the Numinous
as mighty machines roar.
The spruce sat in the center of the (unremarkable) picture I thought I
took of blushing clouds. Peering at the photo I heard the trees’ lament –
one spruce reaching for the stars spoke for them all – so many slain –
fertile earth uprooted.
Once this Forest gifted me with a home; filled my life with meaning…I
still find solace here, but the Soul of the Earth is weeping.

Acceptance is all that’s left I am.

BIO: Sara is a naturalist, ethologist (a person who studies animals in their natural habitats) (former) Jungian Pattern Analyst, and a writer. She publishes her work regularly in a number of different venues and is presently living in Maine.

Author: Sara Wright

I am a writer and naturalist who lives in a little log cabin by a brook with my two dogs and a ring necked dove named Lily B. I write a naturalist column for a local paper and also publish essays, poems and prose in a number of other publications.

4 thoughts on “Spruce at Dawn by Sara Wright”

  1. A beautiful poem. Your last line “Soul of the Earth is weeping” makes me think of the ancient practice of keening and wailing, traditionally, I believe, a practice of women. Apparently it wasn’t just a practice of grief, but also done by midwives at births and by goddesses like Isis as they brought the dead back to life, so associated with rebirth and regeneration. So, may the Earth’s weeping wake us all up in time to save our fragile planet and all of us who live on Her.


    1. You know I agree about keening – I think it can shift realities – but I am aware that I speak to a choir that makes up about two percent of our population… there’s this thing called critical mass that is also needed to create a shift and we don’t have that. – I recently listened to our governor’s speech with dismay – beyond mentioning community gardens there was not ONE word about dealing with the sixth extinction we are facing. I like this woman by the way – but the handwriting is on the wall – politicians will not support the kind of shift we need.

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  2. I don’t think we should cut down more trees than we’re going to use to, like, frame a house or create things we need. Clear cutting is a sin MANkind should not commit. Yes, trees speak to us in their ways, and we should not drown out their voices with rapacious machines. Bright blessings to trees and our planet and to us who love trees.

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  3. Forests support diversity, they purify the air and water – they store 70 percent of our carbon underground – they CREATE the conditions for rain to fall – we desperately need intact forests – we also need wood so plantations have their place, BUT there is no excuse except greed/money for cutting down one more tree in any intact forest. So much for my pitiful opinion – I’m just grateful I have one place to speak this truth – Thanks be to FAR.

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