heartwood

our days of heavy snow
have shattered the plum trees –
snapped their branches until
they stand now in the night
silent as broken men

the rain now exposes them,
these splits in branch
and dangling bough –
only Spring will ascertain
whether the heartwood sustains

© Sarah Whiteley

My newest chapbook Wandering Wonderful is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press.

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7 Comments

  1. That heartwood is something else. Decades ago, I had a plum tree that split due to heavy snow. It died within a couple of years, so I cut the trunk into slices (with fantastic coloration in the grain) to make a clock and a planter (for an air fern).

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