Tree of Knowledge

Tree of Knowledge

A Poem by Caseypowers




I noticed the lovely tree
 1
when I stopped for a smoke
 2
outside my car
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covered in prolific ivy
 4
gracefully winding up her
 5
convoluted trunk
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a stairway to heaven
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tapering off
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onto winter branches
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which were bearing
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garbage like fruit
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for harvest
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from the outermost reach
 13
of her capillary branches
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torn plastic bags
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flapped and shone
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under the warming wash
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of sun
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in this fallen Garden
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of Eden
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behind
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decrepit buildings
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in an empty crumbling
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lot
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this lone tree struggled
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to survive
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backed by cold steel fence
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while nearby shells of homes
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holding unknown occupants
 29
closed their eyes
 30
 
 
in that moment
 31
I knew abject loneliness,
 32
heartbreak
 33
and quietly thanked God
 34
for being able to see
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© 2012 Caseypowers


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I live in an area of my state that has fallen to pollution and public indifference, so I can especially relate to and appreciate your words here

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