another tree conversation (20220428)

i want to tell the tree
that in a couple of days
men will come and cut them down

this is not for anything the tree has done
but as a precaution
though they are too far to endanger the house

they are girdled and too close to siblings
too likely to take one of them down
when next the wind changes direction

i want to ask their permission
but how can those words be said sincerely
when the saws will run with or without it

instead i apologize
and promise to use every part
to reclaim the sunshine he has stored

something to do with your hands (20220424)

the wood
is not a metaphor for anything
turn it over and check to see
is it straight knotted twisted cupped

the wood is not a metaphor
for anything
it's a building material

staple a red flag
to the longer boards
that poke out of the truck bed
over the tail gate
like a dog peeking
over the edge
at a stop light

the flag is not a metaphor
but is is lost at some point
during the short drive home

/consider going back to find it
since it's plastic
and probably crap for the environment
but swallow the guilt instead/

the wood will be used to build
a bench

the bench is a metaphor
or a simile
or a bench