Jane Desmond is a former modern dancer and choreographer, who now works as a scholar in the fields of cultural studies, transnational studies, and anthropology. The author/editor of five non-fiction books, much of her current teaching and publication focuses on the study of sustainability and on human-animal relations. She began writing poems after attending a workshop on image and text directed by the poet Stuart Kestenbaum and artist Susan Webster. This is her second published poem and reflects the landscape of the midwestern United States where she lives.
A Tree is Breathing
The tree is breathing.
Leaves hang like
small green hearts,
each tipped lightly to a tendril,
and that in turn to branch
Tatted tracery against the paling sky of
early morning’s white-grey blush
Ebbs and flows, dancing the
puffs and exhales of
Stirring, just slightly,
gently shaking tree awake at dawn.