Home #Blue Nib Issues Issue 40 | December 2019 | Poetry by Jennifer A. McGowan

Poetry by Jennifer A. McGowan

Cherry Trees on Hill 62, Full Sun

Nourished on flesh and earth-cracked bone, they want to touch the sweltering sky. Trunks thicker than mules trudging through mud; roots deeper than night.  They grip the repeated slag-ridge where men tunnelled only to be blown aside.  Is it a finger I see bearing fruit?  Are those bark eyes straining to turn?  Heat-haze shimmers around loaded branches.  Dawn’s touch will  burst the scab-red skins.


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