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Published on Feb 13, 2011
This poem is a part of an anthology of poems that I wrote in 1994. I am now putting them online with YouTube and adding my music compositions and photos to the poetry. I was inspired during a trip to Pampa, Texas, whereupon I met my former teacher and poet, Elaine Ledbetter. Elaine gave me a copy of a speech, Some Keys to Poetry, she had presented. From this inspiration, I discovered the joy and pleasure of expressing oneself in verse!
The aspen thicket In the glorious springtime A sight to behold Not simply calm trees These living organisms They quake with the wind! Have you wondered why? A leaf so nobly designed What is its function? Molecule transport! Aerodynamically sound Aspen leaves quaking In the slightest breeze Accelerate gas exchange Photosynthesis Through the stomata Carbon dioxide enters And oxygen leaves Nature so perfect Has a rule for everything Be it a pine seed Gyrating to earth Spinning to give it more lift To disperse it far Yet the aspen leaf Through hidden simplicity True complexity On a scale so vast Teaches human tolerance To preserve our earth June 3, 1994
This idea for this poem was in my mind long before I took up poetry writing. My major professor, Dr. Harold C. Bold, frequently told me that "Nature mocks at human categories". I have never forgotten this advice because Nature, indeed, tells us how to live. The simple aspen leaf and its design for improving gas exchange is embodied in the focal point of this poem, as a representation of Nature's seemingly unlimited virtuosity. Feb 13, 2011