Ash Trees

Kenneth Pobo

Opposite branching,
a geometry rising,
turns tree into V.

Tens of millions of ash lost.  

Emerald ash borer kills
in two or four years.
Pests work silently.  
Treetops thin.  
Bark splits or flakes.  
Autumn’s yellow fire
can’t burn out disease.

Look up.  
A spreading emptiness.


Kenneth Pobo had three new books in 2015: When The Light Turns Green (Spruce Alley Press), Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), and Booking Rooms in the Kuiper Belt (Urban Farmhouse Press).  He teaches creative writing and English at Widener University.  He gardens, is somewhat of an authority on Tommy James and the Shondells, and plans to read Hardy’s Return of the Native this June.

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