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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: January 20, 2021      Views: 9

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This is a poem about renewal after hardship.
"The Greening" by debb052
After Walt Whitman

I sing the greening fig tree bent by wind and rain,
almost bare as Adam's form, still holding onto life,
remembering the strength of its many branches.
Fruit clings to the highest limbs, closest to heaven,
but its leaves are missing, lost in a hurricane's fury.
On each bough, tiny nubs grow in perfect points,
crave the light, wait to unfold at the sun's signal.

The deep brown of the trunk, a dark scaffold,
holds up its twisted limbs, some broken but still
hanging on. Some have been ravaged, the white
sap of their exposed veins shimmers in the light.
Like blood, it flows; then sticky with the fresh air,
it stops on its own. Soon, palmate leaves, wide
as hosannas, shield fruit and flower in one body.
They reach upward, hopeful green, toward warmth
of the steadfast sun, their fruiting Eden's gift.

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Author Notes
After a hard wind blew through my yard, many trees were damaged, a fig tree among them. I watched as, over time, it began again, reaching toward the sun with new growth.
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