Press your palm against the Tree.
Feel its pull toward the center of the earth,
how roots drag through flesh like nails
as earth claims the crown.
Now let the Tree hold you in your
full weight of wrong and right,
your selfishness absorbed by flaming roots.
You have never been so light.
Learn the comfort
like your spirit
as you lean on a boulder
in a field
a cabbage butterfly
the tight molecules
and sits down
to eat with you
—Jean Janzen is a poet from Fresno, Cal. and member of College Community MB Church. “for Eastertide” was previously published in Christian Century magazine. Both pieces will appear in a new collection of Jean’s poems due out this year.