The Big Blue Spruce
Reading in Rotary Park
behind a big blue spruce tree
with heavy branches drooping down
like the high peaked hat of Gandalf
I wondered what alchemy
might be at work inside
its subliming pot to turn deadly CO2
into life giving oxygen?
And how could something
without a mind of its own
lacking moral compass and compassion,
be such a force for good in the world?
Nature has many virtuous circles
and a big blue spruce
is just one of them but who knows
why things work that way?
Suddenly, the sky darkened
as a thunderstorm came barrelling through
and forked lightning flashed above the tree.
Maybe it really was a wizard.