Taking refuge in the forest
Amidst the tall redwoods
Majestic protectors
Of all things living.

Their cracked brown skin
Brings to mind my brown ancestors
Still alive among these trees
Centuries after centuries.

Their resilience exemplary
Their strength legendary
They’ve overcome severe hardships
With awe-inspiring dignity.

Settling deeper into the peace
I hear them call my name
Like a hum welcoming me home
To my roots, to my wholeness.

I place my arms around a trunk
And feel strength enter my body
Energy permeate my soul
I’m suffused with wonder.

Under the soft cracked skin
I sense deep scars and pain
A yearning to be embraced
For tenderness, for humankindness.

My heart quivers
I hold tighter.

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