The surgeon wielded a chainsaw
Strapped to his hip
a low hanging gun.
Vines of artificial hemp lifted and held fast to the surgeon
as spiked heels dug into the patient’s flesh.
The mechanical, maniacal roar of the scalpel
would cut and prune
in a effort to bring the patient
to a place of acceptance.
Acceptance by those who occupied the structures
made of relatives long ago murdered.
Correction brought with
and a single finger that gripped and pointed,
pointed and gripped.
From time to time a telling thump
could be heard as branch or limb
fell to sun hardened earth.
Could anyone hear the cries of the patient?
“You cut too deep!”
“You pruned too much!”
Sap spilled over the skin from open wounds
tears not unlike those shed
by a jilted lover
a shamed child.
Silent, yet filled with experiences unshared,
unknown by any other.
Over time the patient slept
and attempted to recover from correction
as sunshine teased wounded limbs
to bring forth life again.
Water sprinkled wound and ground –
or just to say the healing ritual had be done?
Yet, the surgeon cut too deep.
The patient, now a victim,
Indeed this piece is about the loss of a tree in my front yard. At the same time, this tree and its loss has become something of a metaphor to me of battles I am seeing fought all to often.