If I was tree green instead of black
they would come and cut my branches,
destroy my roots, transport my
life and turn me into paper pulp.
Everything would be lost to history
like disappearing forests and burning woods.
Yes, they would cut me down with a sharp
axe and say I fell on my own and would
you my dear, hear my sound?
Added: Friday, November 20, 2015 / From "The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller," edited by Kirsten Porter, forthcoming from Willow Books in March 2016. Used with permission.
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller edited by Kirsten Porter will be released by Willow Books in March 2016. Miller was a featured poet at the 2008 Split This Rock Poetry Festival. You may visit his website for more information.