Some See A Tree

Bruce McRae

If you take a tree apart
you’ll find the makings of a cabinette.
Inside each tree are tables and chairs
and any number of toothpicks.
Not just lumber and planks,
there are violas and ukuleles.
A stand of trees contains
a royal barque and galleon.
Birds singing of wood’s qualities
sound like doors creaking in the wind
or ship’s masts swaying in an ocean storm.
Totems marking clan territory,
within each tree is a wooden cross
and flagpole being planted.
Ask the poet, ask the journalist –
there’s paper money to burn.

Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with poems published in hundreds of magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His books are ‘The So-Called Sonnets (Silenced Press); ‘An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy; (Cawing Crow Press) and ‘Like As If” (Pski’s Porch), Hearsay (The Poet’s Haven).

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