Metal Tree


There’s a metal tree anchored

to the ancient stucco wall

that’s holding up the high school,

where the unsentimental blackbirds

have stuffed a nest

in among the welder’s beads

and rusted bolts

with a skilled laborer’s

time-rendered indifference to

summer forts and rope swings

double dares and treetop courage

the whistles and the rustles

the bugs and secret knotholes

the biting of the bark and

shadows in the dark

and the moon’s face framed

in branches made for climbing.

But blackbirds in the metal tree

nest unmoved and uninspired

by the secret smell of rainwood

and the mysteries of childhood

and the dancing

and the drizzling

and the dropping times

of leaves.

© 2010 susan beck

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becca g 5 years ago

i wonder if the picture inspired the poem or the poem inspired the picture. unsentimental blackbirds makes me think of the time blackbirds attacked a birds nest in the japanese maple out front of my house killing all of the baby birds inside.

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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa Author

I am happy you found it, too, lol. Your comments really matter to me.

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notquitecorso 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

the rhythm in your poems is so wonderful...they beg to read aloud...such a great cadence to them all...i am so happy to have found this piece.

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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa Author

Thanks, SilverGenes. I'm happy to have your feedback.

SilverGenes 6 years ago

Beautiful! And rather frightening, too.

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