PERSONAL ENCOUNTERS

Lac Preston, Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve, Québec, 1989.
Residency, DEADLINES/ÇA PRESSE: AN INTERNATIONAL ACID RAIN PROJECT.
Two actions: in the forest (photos: Royce Dendler ); in the lake (photos: Dan Higgins)

 

Personal Encounter

under the spell
of a vigorous pine rising
out of a huge stump decaying
into the earth

in the forest
on the hill
by the lake

she put on her coat
of leaf greens
and dark browns
and stood tree-like

daily
in the shadows
in the forest

one hot day
a dark breath
nudged her

out of the woods
into the lake

a dead branch
threaded through
her arms

feet rooted


into the sand
in the water

limbs leaned
toward the sun