Site icon Margaret Coombs


emergency test
every Saturday at noon
a screaming siren
my husband covers his ears
how do the trees withstand it?
winter's sunny day
eleven waxwings flit--
a peeping cedar
dinner date with spouse
two mediocre dishes
home welcomes us back
our Norway Maple
appears newly bedraggled
bald limbs and fresh wounds
please tell me, Maple
the valentine's balloon found
hanging from your branch--
which anonymous lover
removed your bark and pierced you?
if he is a bird
tell him you contain riches
of insects and sap
if he is human
tell him I traded the pain he dispensed
for love

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