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National Poetry Month: James Torrens, SJ '48


By James Torrens, SJ '48

A city boy in the North Woods
goes tramping the pine needles
and firs into the dark humus.

He enters the Great Silence
of these monklike trees
who talk by the tips of roots.

He looks at a toppled trunk
exposing the balled roots
that shoot water up to the crown.

What a commune the woods are!
How much feeds into it and off it.
Old one goes down, the saplings rise.

City boy unused to a locale
where all transpires slowly.
Can he hear the trees breathe?

James Torrens, S.J., '48, is currently in retirement at the Jesuit House at Gonzaga University, Spokane. Now, he is happy to say, he can give more attention to poetry.