ANNOUNCEMENT: My thanks again to Steven Withrow for providing such good fun on November 9 with his poetry challenge to parody songs. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s certainly not too late!
I’ve been thinking about TALENT, our word for November, which was provided by Rachel Heinrichs. It occurred to me that I see a good example of it every day in my yard. It might be a stretch to bequeath such skill to a plant, but that’s why we have metaphors!
Marvel at this tree,
broken and stubby,
split down its middle
like a sternum laid open,
heartwood exposed to rot and decay,
its two half-trunks leaning apart
like dying twins trying not to touch,
Yet its withered arms throw out leaves,
withstand battering winds,
hold young birds safe from spring rains.
What wondrous talent to remain upright,
spirit masked by dry tissue,
sucking hard from deep reserves
to greet another year,
one more season.