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THE TREES (POEM BY ADRIENNA RICH)

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P CHIDHAMBARAM J.N.V GANJAM.
 THE TREES (POEM BY ADRIENNA RICH)
Was born in 1929 in Baltimore.
 Poet, Essayist, and Feminist.
 One of America’s foremost public
intellectuals.
 Her Works:A Change Of World,
Snapshots Of a Daughter in Law
Necessities of Life.
o She received ‘Bollingen Prize’ and the
‘Lannan Life Time Achievemt Award’

The trees inside are moving out into the
forest,
the forest that was empty all these days
where no bird could sit
no insect hide
no sun bury its feet in shadow
the forest that was empty all these nights
will be full of trees by morning.
All night the roots work
to disengage themselves from the
cracks
in the veranda floor.
The leaves strain toward the glass
small twigs stiff with exertion
long-cramped boughs shuffling under
theroof
like newly discharged patients
half-dazed, moving
to the clinic doors.
I sit inside, doors open to the veranda
writing long letters
in which I scarcely mention the
departure
of the forest from the house.
The night is fresh, the whole moon
shines
in a sky still open
the smell of leaves and lichen
still reaches like a voice into the
rooms.
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THE TREES (POEM BY ADRIENNA RICH)

  • 3. Was born in 1929 in Baltimore.  Poet, Essayist, and Feminist.  One of America’s foremost public intellectuals.  Her Works:A Change Of World, Snapshots Of a Daughter in Law Necessities of Life. o She received ‘Bollingen Prize’ and the ‘Lannan Life Time Achievemt Award’ 
  • 4. The trees inside are moving out into the forest, the forest that was empty all these days where no bird could sit no insect hide no sun bury its feet in shadow the forest that was empty all these nights will be full of trees by morning.
  • 5. All night the roots work to disengage themselves from the cracks in the veranda floor. The leaves strain toward the glass small twigs stiff with exertion long-cramped boughs shuffling under theroof like newly discharged patients half-dazed, moving to the clinic doors.
  • 6. I sit inside, doors open to the veranda writing long letters in which I scarcely mention the departure of the forest from the house. The night is fresh, the whole moon shines in a sky still open the smell of leaves and lichen still reaches like a voice into the rooms.
  • 7. My head is full of whispers which tomorrow will be silent. Listen. The glass is breaking. The trees are stumbling forward into the night. Winds rush to meet them. The moon is broken like a mirror, its pieces flash now in the crown of the tallest oak.