Grafting a cherry tree

Imagine that I graft onto a cherry tree.

 

I practice first, for although this cherry

weeps, its stiff branches are rigid

and unmoving and show no sign

of life.

 

I ponder how I could

hold its grafted trunk so that

we would meld into one breathing spring,

 

a shade of blossoms

which would fill the corner

for twenty more years…

 

If I need to

I will start again

lifting the soil, turning, tilling, trying

 

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