MW ( / cv48488)

The Tree Of Life.

('Make a tree sound and its fruit will be sound; ...For the tree can be told by its fruit'. N.T. Matt.12: 33) .

The lemon tree still stands alone outside my bedroom
In a level weedless plot where it flourishes modestly
Like a self-assured but lonely, independent person.
At the moment the tree is producing abundant fruit.

So that I am mixing lemon drinks again after a dry spell,
Using hot water, with sugar and honey as sweeteners.
My drinks, hot or cold, are not fizzy like the supermarkets'
But still and true to nature, giving me a shot of energy.

The tree has taken on a mandate to grow higher and wider
So that it blocks out unwanted glare from security lights
that tower like harsh beacons on the street outside:
Now I sleep soundly in the onyx-stone darkness.

When I wake up early each gloomy cold winter's morning,
I draw back the curtains to see the changing yet constant citrus.

-23/24 June,2017.

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Comments (8)

In my back yard, I have a lime of equal vitality. I keep it under control. I squeeze its juice on vanilla icecream. On my weight that has yet to take toll.
It is an odd comfort to have a tree as a companion. It is far better if the tree grows on your property, its very life not dependent on the whims of others. I watched the tree across the street grow up from a foot tall sapling to approximately 45 foot tall shapely graceful tree. Unfortunately it is on school property and is susceptible to the winds of fortune or misfortune. The powers to be have chopped down others and I fear one day they will bring this beautiful vase-shaped tree as well. I have written two poems with it in it The Three Day Tree and Girl in Waiting. I hope it outlives me- I have seen so many things come and go, I would rather not witness its defeat. Very tasty poem, Mike. May your solitary lemon tree live a very long fruitful life.
truly a nice poem, Michael.. reading your verse, I've got a thought: we could collect poems of this kind for a future anthology.. ;) P.S.: please, write a poem about terrorism.. deadline is July 31st
Its fruit! ! With positive morals! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
I do have both lemon and an orange tree. You seemed very knowledgeable about these trees? I like your writing. Simply because you tend to add a bit of humour where possible. Well done! ! !
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