Pounding the deep last drumbeat
after a long slow keening scream
into the moist old language of soil
the oak near the creek went down.
We are ready to plant Shiitake spore.
Cut wood
Collect limbs
Drill holes
Tap plugs
Heat water
Lightly brush on the melted wax of bees
Stand back
Say grace
              Know there is a difference
              softness and weakness.