brush my skin gently with textured leaves transfer stories held within  to arteries which fire my being illuminate a passive mind Colleen Chesebros' theme for the week “Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” Herman Hesse See the writing challenge at https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/07/28/colleens-2020-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-188-themeprompt/