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I am not awkward –
only that you do not look at this tree
the way I do – I see
the world in it:

a lizard scuttling
on a dry riverbed,
humus rotting
on a forest floor,
a brown bear
in the snow;

you see birds lost in the thick
of leaves,

an empty nest,
paring bark
that reveals nothing
of what is inside.


Ion Corcos has been published in Every Writer, Grey Sparrow Journal, Plum Tree Tavern, Rose Red Review and other journals. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. The themes of his work centre on life, nature and spirit. He is currently travelling indefinitely with his partner, Lisa. Ion’s website is

© 2016, Ion Corcos

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