Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wild Mulberry

A mulberry tree appeared
One summer
Where I hadn't planned that one should be.

I cut it down
Without a thought.

The next summer,
It returned, but I hadn't the heart
To cut it again while it stood green and fine,

So I sawed it at its base
In the autumn.

A third time, my mulberry returned;
At last, I fell in love,
And that is the only sharpness I let near.

I tend her now with deep and careful sweetness
Born of my mistakes become a prayer.



TALON said...

That last line, Shay, it just cuts and sings at the same time. I guess nature knows better, doesn't it?

hedgewitch said...

The last stanzas are deep medicine, indeed. Perhaps what lives in spite of our mistakes is always a deep mystery, and a living prayer. Fine fine poem, root and branch.

Sioux said...

Shay--I am always in awe of your word choice. "Sawed it at its and fine."

I wonder if the just-right words come to you naturally, or whether you do a lot of drafting to get them where you want them?

Inquiring minds want to know...

Brian Miller said...

smiles. thank goodness over time we learn, and let live as we live and love while sharp at times and most certainly cuts can change and grow as well...very nice shay...

Susannah said...


Sherry Blue Sky said...

I simply adore this poem, and especially love the last two lines: "born of my mistakes become a prayer." So tenderly beautiful.

ellen abbott said...

Have you been standing in the backyard of my city house? because that is exactly what happened. It's still growing at the corner of the shop where it is sure to cause a lot of havoc to said building.

ileana said...

Ooh, persistency pays off. :) Lovely, Shay. PS - I mentioned you in today's post. ;)

Dulce said...

oh.... this is sweet and life craving.
great one, shay girl!

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

You can't underestimate the power of the Mulberry!
They dig in deep.
Tenacious with a T :)

Cloudia said...

the unsought blessings we overlook with annoyance!

Aloha from Waikiki;

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Anonymous said...

ooooh, i have missed your magical words, Shay! ♥ i'm glad you finally fell in love with her.
{i'll be back to read more after i get some sleep. hope you have a lovely Sunday.}

G-Man said...

Mulberries are messy, but they sure are delicious.
And obviously inspirational!
Loved this Shaysie....G

Mama Zen said...

Like Hedgewitch said, deep medicine.

Lolamouse said...

This almost made me cry. It really hit deep. Those that stick around, keep coming back despite our mistakes are true gifts. They have an incredible strength of spirit.

HermanTurnip said...

I have this fine angel-like hair that grows out of right shoulder. I keep pulling it out but it keeps coming back.

...I think I'll keep pulling it out ;-)

Lynn said...

So wonderful - glad you are back.