Dirge for our Age: Cypresses VI

There is a regulation for everything

It seems, the poems tell us so too

We’re writing the dirges of our age

Though we westerners are full

Of privilege, or some of us,

At least, at most…

The Standard for Pruning of Amenity trees

Prevents lopping. I am grateful

Paradoxically I am happy the cypresses

Will not have their tops lopped

But I will lose them, all

Thirty or so…They’re

Only trees, Only trees

They should outlast us all

We bear, but only witness

Somewhere now

The keening and wailing

Grows louder than the chainsaws.


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