National Poetry Month

In the spirit of Poem in Your Pocket Day today, here is one of my own poems:

Cherry Tree Elegy

The cherry tree out back

Fills my kitchen window

Like the world-ash Yggdrasil

It is all-pervading

In spring the bright blooms burst

Merry stars in green twilight

A fleeting Milky Way

A pure light so bright it

Extinguishes itself

Self-sacrificial allure

To possess is to defile

To pick is to destroy

To pollinate is death

One can only wait, hope

To see them bloom anew

J.A. Clemens, 2005

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