Why is it

that one tree dances

while  another,

mere feet away,

stands still?


Is it something more

than the vagaries of wind,

the differing shapes

of their branches?


Is it the way

their spray of needles,

like outstretched palms

cup the breeze?


Or is it just

that just like us

some have

at one time

or another

more of

an inclination

to move

to a rhythm

all their own?


Joseph Bruchac PDFs:

Selected Poems and Writing

Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music for over 30 years.  His work is a reflection of his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.