olive tree/ternity

OliveTrees
“olive trees” by nan lehnert
Each year, I have the privilege of teaching “The Odyssey.” My favorite symbol in this epic poem is that of the marriage bed — hewn from an ancient olive tree, hand carved by Odysseus, yet still rooted in the ground…unshakeable, sturdy, and alive…as is the love and faithfulness of Penelope and Odysseus. 

Olive Tree/ternity

after a life,

a good life,

one of us will rest

underneath     an olive tree

upon a soft blanket

an emerald field of grass,

waiting for the other

to join the other’s side;

so, together,

we can share eternal rest

underneath     an olive tree

~nan lehnert, 2015
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