A Cherry Comes Home

Fair tree, your bare branches

Pendulous and stately, your elegant

Winter sparseness spoke to me.

I chose your certainty.

In the quietude of the car

I bring you home, just me and tree.

 

Twenty-one years ago

As a feisty mensch dozed

In the baby seat, the world changed.

We pulled into a different street

The cherry’s delicate blossoms now apparent

After waiting such a long time for you.

 

I plant this tree for you

That it might astonish us

With astronomical beauty;

That we shall see it grow.

That you will choose surely and wisely

That you will remember this meadowpatch

 

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