Carol Louise Moon – Death of a Pine

Death of a Pine

The pine—at one moment seen as
an inexhaustible life force—was
in the next moment seen shedding
its needles, bark and any sense
of evergreen health.

It had seemed to be a tower of
strength against an ever-increasing
drought in a land which—in better
times—had seen heavy rains with
abundant wild flowers and water
grass.

The pine, now rotted within, was
felled on a day of searing heat,
and was replaced by an awkward
rock garden, a brick path, in a dusty
field crowned by a red western sky.

 

Bio

Carol Louise Moon is a retired Simulated Client Actor, with more time now than ever to compose poetry. She is proud to have been published in three Peeking Cat anthologies. Also published in Sacramento Voices X4, POETRY NOW X4, Time of Singing X4, COMMON THREADS X10 (OH), GUSTS (Canada) and several online journals THE ORCHARDS, Convergence, and she is a regular contributor to Medusa’s Kitchen blog spot.

One thought on “Carol Louise Moon – Death of a Pine

  1. I really like the progression in this poem, from ‘inexhaustible life force’ through ‘shedding / its needles, bark and any sense / of evergreen health’ to ‘awkward / rock garden, a brick path, in a dusty /field’ and finally to ‘a red western sky’, which is a beautiful ending for a poor rotten pine.

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