PAPER BIRCH quintets

18 Aug


High up in the paper birch, I
perch in its branches’ glacial stretch
and let my searching fingers slowly
trace the etchings of long years
upon this open book of bark.

I’m at a loss to truly parse
each runnel and each quirk.
What mysteries are written here?
Which lines are really runes and
which are merely scars?

Where do I find the legendary librarian
from some antique scholarly retreat
who can read this cryptic sketch?
Who can verify his work?
And who, hers?

— Denis M. Garrison


Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Formal Verse, Quintet


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4 responses to “PAPER BIRCH quintets

  1. Guy Simser

    August 19, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Hi Denis,
    A short note to say I enjoyed this poem. I too was fascinated as a youth and still am today, by the stories unwound around the birch tree. Best wishes, Guy


    • Denis M. Garrison

      August 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you very kindly, Guy. I am so glad this one worked for you. Denis


  2. jmbhatt

    August 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Masterly crafted!!



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