Just a Tree

Just a tree

Just a tree,
Widespread in the oven sun,
Deeply rooted, long of limb,
Welcome shade for passers by.

Just a tree,
Green and fragrant living grace,
Tough as envy, strong as pride,
Giving moisture to the breeze.

Just a tree,
Happy change from concrete grey.
Just a tree, nothing more:
Just a daily miracle.

—San Diego
a.d. III Kal. Iul. 2754
Copyright © 2001 by Green Sky Press.  All rights reserved.  Tree photograph by the author.  Backgrounds and images are copyright by their respective authors, who retain all rights.

Accepted for publication in The Best Poems and Poets of 2002, ISBN 0-7951-5175-6, Fall 2002.