burning bushes

 

on my vision quest

I saw the face of god

in three-quarter profile

resting in a tree

fifteen feet off the ground

he spent the night with me

leaving at first light

after he spoke two words

it’s ok

 

I once paddled the hayes river

to york factory on the hudson bay

I saw the seasons change with regions

with a teenage rapper in my bow

just before the tundra on a clear day

we glided by a totem of bearded grandfathers

noticed only by me

they said they had been waiting for me

so long

 

I learned to call the trees and rocks grandfather

during my apprenticeship at becoming

someone like me

one night I spoke to a tree on my land

I wanted to comfort him (yes, he was male)

assure him that faithful stewards

would follow my departure

I called him grandfather

and he laughed

asking who are you calling grandfather, grandfather?

he then told me he’d still be around

after I was long gone

who knew trees could be smart asses?

 

when I was considering a move

to north carolina

along a gentle stretch

of the french broad

I pulled into pisgah driving slowly

windows down

breathing deeply scented pine

the old oaks called me to a shoulder

where they explained

they had been waiting for me

so long.

I’m glad old oaks and men are patient

 

BIO: Tom Weiss

I grew up on a cattle ranch on the eastern margin of The Everglades in an area that is now suburban Ft. Lauderdale. Having attended boys boarding schools from the second grade through high school likely twisted my psyche; but, I seem to write mostly love poems, so there you go.

I moved to Knoxville in 1974 intending to stay a year, and I’ve been here ever since, so it looks like I’m here to stay.

I spent a lifetime toiling in commercial real estate management and development until the pandemic retired me kicking and screaming, kindly allowing me to come out of the literary closet. My publishing history extends all the way back to December 2021. Nine poems have been published in four journals to date as I’m also working on my short fiction voice. Appearing in this journal with these remarkable photographers is a waking wet dream.

Tom Weiss

2614 Fairmont Blvd.

Knoxville, TN 37917

thomaslynnweiss@gmail.com

865.607.5500

 

BIO: Lynne Buchanan

The photographs of award-winning artist Lynne Buchanan have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries across the United States, as well as in Athens, Greece.  Lynne is the author of Florida’s Changing Water: A Beautiful World in Peril, published by George F. Thompson Publishing in 2019.  She had the honor of presenting her book at the Miami Book Fair, as well as at the Society for Environmental Journalism, and the North American Nature Photography Association’s Summit.  Lynne has also published articles for Waterkeeper Magazine and her work has been featured in numerous magazines. She is the recipient of masters degrees in art history/museum studies from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and in creative writing from the University of South Florida in Tampa.  She also received a bachelor’s degree in art history from New College in Sarasota, Florida. Her mentors in alternative process photography and platinum palladium printing are Jill Enfield and Pradip Malde.  Lynne is currently working on a book of photographs and haikus entitled The Poetry of Being, which is being published by Daylight Books and is slated to be released in the spring of 2023.