Skin becomes
a spreading tree’s aching
inner rings.

Poet’s Notes:

The above poem is part of a series exploring The Book of Mormon. As always, responses are welcome in the Comments Section below. Here are the other installments available:

Here are supplemental scripture references for this poem:

  • Alma 3:6, 8-10
  • Alma 5:52
  • Alma 13:27
  • Alma 26:36
  • Alma 28:1
  • Alma 32:37-43

Featured Image Citation: Unknown, “Liberty Tree, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland,” St. John’s College Digital Archives, accessed July 19, 2020,