from disease or stress
that makes trees
when killed and cut into wood
May the world be just so,
somehow strengthened by
disease and deformity
as clouds collapse
and the fabric and form
of life gape and distend.
Stunted new growth, disgorged forms
bridging back to life, somehow,
for the children of all species,
all rocks (as well as we gawks).
Thus we pray: the world, burled.
Image Credit: Wikipedia - stebulus, 2006