that very old, old tree
in front of marcia's house
she shakes all her leaves
when the wind blows fast
speaks with many tongues
speaks to all things
in bernal heights

several years past
she almost lost her living
during fierce, rainy windstorms
her branches creaked
and began to crack

marcia saw the danger
jumped into the fury without fear
tied the branches together
so the tree could stay upright
an important being was saved

when marcia passes by
the tree sings thousands of gratitudes
and dances hundreds of chinese dragon parades
there is a bond beyond wood, beyond flesh



that old tree tells many tales
but none so true
as the tree and the woman