• Beatrice Iker

Poem #5: More Sycamores





Thin, dry branches

crunch

underfoot

Peaches, born in Coweta

linger inside the wind

You, tell me to breathe


And when I exhale

the fairies only I can see

smile

Their glee brightens the darkness

of Tennessee

with fruit living in the breeze


The chill of the sun

burns


The oaks

The pines

Maples

Cedars

but, bless sycamores

For holding me up

now


The grass bends

beneath me

The pollen screams

to be heard, and felt

acknowledged

like all of us do, at some point


You tell me to sing

doesn’t matter how it sounds

only that it exists

only that I remember

I exist


Warmth, foxes, glass exists

for something other than to be broken


When I close my eyes

the shattered branches

dig into my skin

More reminders,

More lessons,

More sycamores




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