[ Issue 5 / May 2013 ]

Bradford Pears In Spring by Carol Hamilton (USA)

She said she did not like

them, too symmetrical

and copycat, perfectly lined up

along the streets, so planned-

looking, like a politician's face,

and I said, "But they make

such good public trees!"

Yet year by year, they are

losing their discipline,

and yesterday, all over town,

they filled the landscape

like a bushy head in the seat

in front of you at a musical.

White blossoms lathered

the edges of everything.

Ah, joy! when the orderly

drill team is overcome

with exuberance, escapes to cover

the whole field with ecstatic dance.

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Carol Hamilton has upcoming and recent publications in ATLANTA REVIEW,
TRIBECA POETRY REVIEW, POET LORE, SAN PEDRO RIVER REVIEW, THE PENMEN REVIEW, and others. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma.

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