Message on a Log
Someone’s left a message here,
a swirling, curling missive, clear
in the flesh of this log.
They’ve stripped away the gnarled bark.
They’ve used a blade to leave their mark
in letters I can’t read.
Like hieroglyphs from ancient lands,
or characters by distant hands.
I wonder what it says.
Perhaps it tells where treasure lies.
Perhaps it warns that someone dies.
Or maybe all it says is:
“I was here.”
They are probably not so good for the tree, but I do love the beautiful squiggles that beetle larvae leave on wood as they eat their way underneath the bark.
Happy Day 2 of National Poetry Month.
© Elizabeth Steinglass, 2014, all rights reserved.