Goddess Judicci’s “Revealing Beauty:
The Tree and The Body”
I take my knife and cut into her bark, stripping it away to reveal pale moist, pliant green.
Her inner surface smells fresh, alive as she wets my fingers.
I see where her eyes are, her mouth. I think of my lover’s sweet lips – and wonder,
will she leave me … and when.
I begin carving to work out my feelings:
the resentment, fear, the wondering what my future will be without my beautiful young lover.
I gently press my gouge through the trees’ bark into her flesh,
exaggerating her naturally existing curves, discovering her inner beauty.
The ancient animal begins to take form;
as I carve I begin to see Egyptian-shaped eyes and a proud, noble snout.