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April 23, 2022

Leslie Bustard


At the start of spring,

leaf-empty oak trees—

their profiles resting

on blue-dusky skies—

invite a lingering look

over their lines, their stillness.

They ask us to consider our

souls, exposed to this wide world,

and to make space for coming

birds and their nests,

to listen for the wind’s hum,

and to capture light

as it makes its way

down to our taproots.

The featured image is courtesy of Julie Jablonski and used with her generous permission for Cultivating.

The illustration of the oak leaf is courtesy of Jordan Durbin and used with her generous permission for Cultivating. 


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  1. Emily says:

    I just keep reading this over and over ❤️.

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