Issue 9 – Bouvard

Marguerite Guzman Bouvard

Makawao Forest

is where silence has many
voices, where we are surrounded
by life and death and there is beauty

here in the death we are so afraid of,
striations of color and texture
from the torn bark of a fallen pine,

and shoots of leaves rise
shimmering from a downed
trunk, is where like the indigenous people

of the world, we walk with the past,
present and future intertwined,
the message of roots

wandering above ground
that greet every step, their journey
has its own language, reminding us

that we are part of it, is where
our whole body thinks and
the forest is a cathedral whose

arches lift our souls, whose music
is quiet reflection and whose aisles
lead us to a new understanding.