if you stand very still
in the middle of the forest
you will hear her call for you-
do not answer. never answer.
it is easy to get lost when you think
you are being found, easier still
when it seems everyone else knows
which paths to take while you must stop,
listen, feel, to avoid the paths
with dead ends, with things not named
laying in wait for you to misstep.
the forest is always growing,
always always knowing,
and she sees into who and what you are;
so as you wander be wary
your secrets may be told on the wind
to all others who stop and listen.
- black woods || O.L.