“The Birnam Oak and its neighbour the Birnam Sycamore are thought to be the sole surviving trees of the great forest that once straddled the banks and hillsides of the River Tay. This forest is celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the famous Birnam Wood.” –Visit Scotland website
Just as three witches whistled past,
their hems crusted with leaves,
the oak opened to hide me.
Not age or disease
punched a hollow into the oak
when the birds left their nests
and the woods rose over the hill.
Soon enough Macbeth’s head
turned up on a stick–
that was politics. That’s always
can’t figure out what words mean.
When it rained the oak sizzled
like a log on a fire,
and I was stuck. Some trick.
In another storm of ink I was freed.
How close to the forest
those writers were.
They each wrote
with a feather.
One of them put out words like leaves.