Ben Paynter

Veteran Poet - 1,693 Points (Midwest)

An Animal, I - Poem by Ben Paynter

I think I knew these trees
when sweat, like many hundred prayers,
fell off me
and into the ground.

I think I knew these trees
as sunlight struggled and sifted,
all gilt edged and phosphorous,
with morning.

I think I knew these trees, the same
ones that creaked with wind and talked
amongst themselves, at night when
the moon lay down in branches.

I too lie down
at the end of the day with my thoughts
and they are of all
the many littered space of dreams.
I think I know these trees.
I sit in their branches.
I too cry out, when the wind
blows, and you, are the sometimes
knot over which I grow,
and grow, and grow.

I think I knew these trees, and maybe
they knew me
as an animal,
as some young thing
that never put down

Topic(s) of this poem: life, nature, trees

Comments about An Animal, I by Ben Paynter

  • Robert Murray Smith (2/6/2017 7:10:00 PM)

    I like this poem mixing nature and metaphors. Very well written.+++10

    You might like my Ode To The Earth.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 6, 2017

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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