Friday, 4/20

Off to a conference today! I hope to make it back to O.C. in time to hear my friend Carol Plum-Ucci speak at the library in town at 5 P.M. Fingers-crossed for no traffic.

[Here is something of a poem-something. I wanted the structure to feel like a root system somehow. Maybe I should take out the stanza breaks?]

Two trees
sharing
the same
root system

Taken up
root in
the house
drain

Loving
the trees
together
but also

This house
where I
have lived
alone for

so long.
The trees
hold tight
and strangle

each other.
Birds in
those trees,
singing.

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3 Responses to Friday, 4/20

  1. rachalina says:

    I love the stanza breaks!

  2. Mitchell Roth says:

    And I feel just the opposite. It’s more of a tangle without the stanza breaks. I would remove the stanza breaks and stagger their placement to simulate stanza breaks. Pardon the space this took.

    Two trees
    sharing
    the same
    root system
    taken up
    root in
    the house
    drain
    Loving
    the trees
    together
    but also
    This house
    where I
    have lived
    alone for
    So long.
    The trees
    hold tight
    and strangle
    each other.
    Birds in
    those trees
    singing.

  3. Mitchell Roth says:

    I’m sorry about that. I had typed the poem spacing the stanzas the way I suggested, but they all moved to the left when I posted. Argh.

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