The Waking Tree, Chapter 1: HUM (first half)

My limbs and roots breathed in the world around me.  My Abracadabra, my Josephine.  My tree girls danced pretty rings around my trunk. I breathed them in. “Sing to me.  Hum me a song, our song,” said Abra, lying under my branches that first night.  “Sing the song that goes up to the moon and... Continue Reading →

The Waking Tree: Introduction

Scientific name:           Maclura pomifera Common names:        Hedge tree, Bois d’arc, Osage Orange In Texas, we call it bodark.  The Osage Indians used to make bows from its curved and supple limbs.  Two of the tree’s names are derived from this fact.  (Bois d’arc means “wood of the bow.”  The fruit of the... Continue Reading →

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