Lopping Them Off

pruned branch weeping sap

Persimmons proclaim their youth
when bitterness puckers our jowls.
Few mature into sweetness.

The unskilled arborist prunes the branches,
partially severed, kerfs collapsing,
tearing bark from the trunk.

Decay enters into unclean cuts.
Stubs sprout suckers and obscure
the tree’s interior from sunlight.

At the tears he left, I daub pitch,
blackening the scars,
like tears running with mascara.

©2018 by Dale Easley


Dale Easley is a Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Dubuque. He has been a volunteer math teacher in Kenya, a volunteer working on water wells in Haiti, and a Fulbright Fellow in Qatar.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: