America 10

When you know that trees experience pain and have memories and that tree parents live together with their children, then you can no longer just chop them down and disrupt their lives with larger machines.
― Peter Wohlleben

Yes, America
can, yes it does—chops itself
down, then it forgets.

The earth, trees, and wolves,
lakes, rivers, seas, air, and fires
remember and grieve.

A forest, like a
city, like a body, like
America, breathes.

Chop off a limb and
America silently
screams, then it forgets.

Chop down the forests,
listen, the silences, like the
silences of

Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, Wounded Knee,
and the Big Hole, do

what America
does not yet do, remember
and weep.