Friday, April 5, 2013

barbed wire

 this maple has embraced
a keeper of cows.
 (and horses, i suppose,)
and anyway, one march day
i found this uncle
and said hello
and looked closely at that wire.
barbed wire, once stapled into a young tree's truck
and for some reason
this uncle welcomed cold steel
and said, " i shall hold tight to you.
i shall help keep the cattle in" (or the horses, i suppose)
and still, today, it tries to keep the vow
though the rest of that fenceline is long lost.
and each spring
this old man
weeps maple sap 
for a returning songbird to sip.
i shall tootle over to maine tomorrow,
and return late sunday,
wishing you a happy weekend,
stories, and good friends.

12 comments:

aimee said...

safe, happy, abundant travels!

ronnie said...

I never know whether to laugh or cry when I see the remains of a wire/tree battle--- weeping syrup tears is by far the best response...

Valerianna said...

Oh Happy tootling... and your tree who embraced wire reminded me for the first time in years, about a series of really old trees in the really old part of the cemetary in Providence that I used to walk daily. The trees had eaten half of the old tombstones. Half inside the tree, half outside. It was strangely cool.

onesmallstitch said...

--have a great weekend, Velma. come back and tell us all about it.

Ms. said...

That old man keeping his vow, well I am enchanted and sympathetic tears fall here but no bird comes.

Gardener in the Distance said...

Isn't it the way, Velma, that the wound then gives outwards beauty?

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, aimee
ronnie, yes, it was astonishing
valerie, how cool!
thanks, jean
ms, i'll send bird wishes
faisal, indeed

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, aimee
ronnie, yes, it was astonishing
valerie, how cool!
thanks, jean
ms, i'll send bird wishes
faisal, indeed

Barry said...

V-what a magnificent gesture by the tree to accept the barbs and fully envelope them and use the conduit of the wire to feed the birds. Wish we could be so accommodating. B

Fiona Dempster said...

What a great discovery - it speaks of so many years and quiet transitions. Hope you travelled safe and had a fun and saw Hannah.

Velma Bolyard said...

barry, yes, we should be
fiona, half way and well--

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