The trees are compliant beneath the sky.
They stand in the places assigned to them
without protest and grow and grow.
You are here in this frozen field
because you keep mistaking hearts
for compasses, confusing embraces
with fire and water.
Because your complicated life
is a package you carry upon your back
and you cannot seem to remember when it first
was hefted there, who filled it with such heavy stones.
You are aching to take off your guilt
and confusion as the trees relinquish fiery leaves,
then stand quietly in their bare coats of need.
Whatever it is that you want to confess,
this place will only give you one answer.
The ground will repeat it each time that you ask
and the sky explain without growing impatient.
This field is saying: there is a place
where you can hear the sound of your name.
This speaking will make you forget completely
how important it is to free yourself.
Published online July 01 2004.