Willow Tree Tanka II

It’s a long story, but some people drive on the front lawn, under and through the willow tree branches, to get to the next-door neighbor, something I wasn’t too happy about. One of the visitors complained about the long willowy branches getting in the way, which prompted the management to trim them back. Not something I cared to see happen. Sort of like getting a brushcut when you preferred keeping a pompador. Welcome to the Midwest!

Willow Tree Tanka II
(in reverse)

Why the Willow Tree complained
After its branches were cut

They say I’m too long
You can’t let your hair down here
So they cut me short

Ken Chawkin
Oct 3, 2011
Fairfield, Iowa

See the first poem: Willow Tree – a tanka – from a tree’s perspective.

One Response to “Willow Tree Tanka II”

  1. Colleen Chatterton Says:

    Oh, I really liked this . . . Thank you!

    Colleen Chatterton


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