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.