The Return of Pan

© Matthew Word Bain

progressive senescence in the silviculture
always leaving limbs lying on the lawn
moderated mainly by the mowers
placed in piles, now hefty heaps
this is what he has been waiting for
his presence always latent in the landscape
made manifest as order stumbles, as order always must
life emerges once more amidst the sterility of human management
and with this precious disorder come so many useful gifts
the presence of birds increases with available cover
an island of shelter encourages all manner of life
and these limbs, made from the very soil
on which they now lie, begin again
their own return within the cycle of life
otherwise interrupted by the strange need
for order, even at the expense of the cycle itself