Carolyn Hembree

The Book of

among torn spirals
drawing faces

an only child
found in the woods

felt understories
of trees within

the book of foundlings
sewn by hand

prints of herds
grazing near trees

spiral buds
within felt close

other arboreal
voices bled through

a sheet of rain
trees within the book

of foundlings
cones open seed sleeves

pine hems
cursive root hairs

of siblings drawn
felt her script

illuminate the blows
colonies underline

trees shade
overheard dream

a croon among the stems
they are sewing her face now

found in the woods
light paged through