rainforest (n) dense forest found in tropical areas of heavy rainfall.
(New Collins Concise English Dictionary 1982)
Dense is easy – thick and heavy.
Forest? - even the oldest of us here admit
we struggle to remember expanses of trees
(rare tall, woody plants, once common).
Tropical then was the small area
hot as everywhere is now.
Heavy rainfall? – we who barely know rain
can only dream of heavy.
Remaining documents of forests
contain solidly green photos, strange names
and archaic terms we no longer understand:
We have a long task ahead.
Originally posted in March 2007 for the now defunct Poetry Thursday.
This poem was translated into Spanish by Eugenia Andino, you can read the translation here.
I'm delighted to have a poem in the 2nd issue of the Manchester based Re-side. You can read the publication here.