Editor’s Note: “Poems to Listen By” is an audio series where, over time, we will explore some of the themes in the Poet Laura checklist, as well as Tweetspeak’s “Year of Wisdom” theme throughout 2020.
Poems to Listen By: Sharing the Canopy: 8 Ways Trees Embody Our Stories—Lost and Found. Presented by Laurie Klein
Trees—like people—go through cycles. They withstand many an onslaught. And like us, they generate scar tissue over a wound.
In today’s poem, Andrew Hudgins explores the way childhood hurts shape our identity. Listen, as he relates a poignant, coming-of-age “Back Story.”
Or is it a “Lost-and-Found Story”? You decide . . .
[“Tree” by Andrew Hudgins]
If you were a tree, what kind would you be? What new name might you give yourself—just for today? I hope you’ll daydream about it; maybe try some brainstorming; perhaps, even write about it . . .
Photo by Aah-Yeah, Creative Commons license via Flickr. Poems used with permission. Audio and script by Laurie Klein with thanks to Pat Stien for direction and Bill Klein for engineering and music from his solo album, “Lauda.”
Hudgins, Andrew, “Tree,” in The Glass Hammer: A Southern Childhood (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995).
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