A Ring Within A Ring

A Ring Within A Ring     (by Christine Biles)


Stand on the ledge of rock

and look out across the tops

of the trees that might stand

too tall for their true age.

How many rings do they have?

Throw yourself down

onto that bed of needles

warmed by the sun that shines

like it hasn’t in too many days.

See the sky and the few wisps

that bring the oblivion

of that blue back to reality

– and you


If you could see me and I, you

would you look? Would I?

What if we took notice

of what was there to not

take notice of? If you put your ear

against the ground would

you hear the mice skittering

tree to tree? Would we feel

it if one star in the night sky

went out, extinguished?

Or how about this:

If the whole world blinked

at once, would we notice?

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