Consider the World Tree by Susan McCaslin

Poem title: Consider the World Tree Poet Name: Susan McCaslin Poem begins: her mantling green, 		our swaddling gown dismantled, 				an iron word falling 						felling, disrupting 								old growth’s primal ground  Axial Tree nourishing air for the nations 		Axial Tree breeding the cultures 				toppled from its place 						from Amazon to British Columbia  her fall displacing birds 		marbled murrelet, spotted owl 				perhaps never again to be sighted cited  No angel bound Yggdrasil 		tearing her branches from earth 				roots from heaven  No angel gated or caged this elder 		slaughtered by brainless machines – 				crude feller bunchers  The pant and cant of greed 		sniffs to the root of the Manna Tree, Tree of Life 				stripping her floors of mottled moss  till there is nowhere 	anywhere 		to lay our heads 				breathe spirit’s emerald song  						lie down in green valleys  or read the Smaragdine Tablet of the air End of Poem. Credits:  Copyright © Susan McCaslin  Susan McCaslin is a BC poet residing outside Fort Langley who has published sixteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Heart Work (Ekstasis Editions, 2020). Into the Open: Poems New and Selected was published by Inanna Publications in 2017 and Demeter Goes Skydiving won the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book of the Year) in 2012. She has edited two poetry anthologies, published a volume of essays and reflections, and a work of creative non-fiction on Thomas Merton. A chapbook titled Cosmic Egg came out through the Alfred Gustav Poetry Series in Spring of 2021. Susan can often be found walking with her dog Rosie along the Fraser River, better known to the Kwantlen First Nations as the Stó:l¢Ä, the Halqemeylem word for “river.” She initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project in 2012, which helped save an endangered forest in Glen Valley near her home.