Reverse Photosynthesis

There are trees that grow only in dark patches
of the earth so they are easy to miss
if you aren’t paying attention

I filtered their dark shadow
you professed not to care
and we were alone leaning on our shadow trees

a stream in the shade passed through
watered the night drinker
returned the scaly bark to its
lonely state scared of the sun

scared of photosynthesis
the breeze in the dark space
enlivened the shadow tree
four ministers
baptized the tree at each corner

sprinkled water at its base and you cooed
among its branches
so too the shadow of the earth
fed your ecliptic want

Wallace Barker

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