If You Go into the Woods You Will Find It Has a Technology
This tree has a small LED display It is glowing and it can show you words and it can show you pictures and it can melt from one choice to another and you are looking at it and it wants you to share the message but it can't see that you are the only one around and that everyone else is hibernating which you love You are so happy and alone with the red and yellow lights It's a nice day to be in nature and to read up on the very bland ideas this tree has about how to live This tree says grow stronger and this tree says fireworks effect This tree is the saddest prophet in history but you don't tell it that You are trying to show it respect which gets tiresome but then it flashes a snake at you It's a kind of LED tree hybrid joke and you could just kiss it for trying For failing But it can't see you and it starts to cry
From What Is Amazing by Heather Christle. Copyright © 2012 by Heather Christle. Reprinted with permission of Wesleyan University Press. All rights reserved.
Heather Christle is the author of The Crying Book (Catapult, 2019) as well as four poetry collections, including Heliopause (Wesleyan University Press, 2015) and What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012). She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Emory University and lives in Decatur, Georgia.
Date Published: 2012-01-01
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