the only gaze I have is my gaze

the only gaze I have is my gaze
and yet this tree has no need of my approval,
no need to be aware of my appreciation

this tree exists, is, because it is and does
breathes and grows and lives and falls
it defies my appropriating gaze

under my gaze we give this tree a fancy name
Eucalyptus sideroxylon rosea
but have no idea what it calls itself

red iron bark, here from somewhere else
seedling to sapling, to street tree to mother tree
these trees are more than themselves

do not underestimate my sorrow and burning rage
when we destroy the ancient forests
these trees know more than just themselves

Eucalyptus sideroxylon rosea Red iron bark is closely related to Eucalyptus tricarpa which is confined to central Victoria. Eucalyptus sideroxylon rosea is a majestic specimen tree and easily distinguished by its dark red furrowed bark, its grey foliage and spectacular pink flowers in Spring.

© Sandra Renew, 2024