White mist swirls

in black of mind.

Round chest swells

Breathe, swoop the nose

Wet air

circular breaths

Mist unwraps

Trees, branches embraced,

bark relaxed. Green blanket

sways with wind’s touch

Dance the art trees

teach. Leap

the light from leaf

to air and breathe

with animals—sweet on the lip’s

pulse. Solo tone, a round

howl, unwrapped

from misty trees and insect

jazz: white paw—

claws like centuries—draws

a circle in the dirt large enough

to step inside.