cedar of lebanon

Why is this tree on my tree poem list? What am I thinking?

How can one possibly write meaningfully about a symbol so steeped in religio-politico-historical steepedness without getting sucked into that steepedness?

The fact is, I don’t want to put politics in my poetry, I just don’t.

More from others here, from a previous Ten Questions series on the role of the poet.

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Very helpful, Psalm 92.

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2 thoughts on “cedar of lebanon

  1. jessiecarty says:

    when i think of cedar i think of roofs and hamsters but i have a feeling cedar of lebanon would be much more tricky :) good luck with it!

  2. Yes, maybe switch cedar types, although the other species tend not to resonate with me as this does. Oh well, what happens, happens.

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