Branch: the skirt of a wood, extending from it in the way a limb or bough breaks from a trunk. This is a term that holds a whole wood as one living being, with individual trees replicating the energy in detail, rather than the wood being the sum of the trees. This energy is related to a “brand”, the imprint of fire on skin meeting the edge of fire. In German, the term is used for “fire” and “burn”, not as a thing but as a field of energy, which is also forest-related. In this sense, one can gather the edges of a wood or a tree to make a fire, just as the surf on the edge of the sea is described by its fire-nature as a Brandung, a firing. And do branches not end in green flames? They do in deed.
Huckleberry, Branching and Burning Merrily Away