Light engulfs me now

a bewilderment          I who was merely an afterthought

an obscure thing barely noticed among the giants

naked now to your scrutiny          I who lived surrounded

cloaked in others’ luxury          indistinct and anonymous

did not ask to be seen

what drifted down through their branches

what seeped into my roots

was enough

what seems to you like amputation          disfigurement

was for me my only body

one by one the others taken

their branches tumbling          the forest

disassembled by human hands