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Friday, 14 June 2013

The Man Who Wouldn’t Plant Willow Trees by Alicia Elsbeth Stallings

Willows are messy trees. Hair in their eyes,
They weep like women after too much wine
And not enough love. They litter a lawn with leaves
Like the butts of regrets smoked down to the filter.

They are always out of kilter. Thirsty as drunks,
They’ll sink into a sewer with their roots.
They have no pride. There’s never enough sorrow.
A breeze threatens and they shake with sobs.

Willows are slobs, and must be cleaned up after.
They’ll bust up pipes just looking for a drink.
Their fingers tremble, but make wicked switches.
They claim they are sorry, but they whisper it.

From: http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/19/stallings19.html

Date: 1999

By: Alicia Elsbeth Stallings (1968- )