The DMQ Review

Copyright © 2002 Bob Dornberg

Field Guide

Here underfoot, an oak seedling
Looks at first like a common weed
Or like the grass everyone steps on.

But its roots are tough as dreams,
Its stem resilient as silk,
Its history a lesson in how to burl.

Here's the way to begin: underground.
Discard the tough outer shell.
It protects the heart but attracts

Squirrels. Allow instead oak-spun stories
To rise from womb in a web to the sky.

Imagine what I could do with such fierce will.

Margaret Rozga
Copyright © 2002

Margaret Rozga's poems have appeared in Mid-American Poetry Review and Concrete Wolf. She teaches literature and writing courses at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, including a workshop entitled Drawing and Writing Poetry in Response to Nature. She is currently on sabbatical and is in residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology from November to January.

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