Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Flash 55 ~ The Apricot Tree

The Apricot Tree

Will it live, you ask,
the old apricot tree?
Half of it died three years ago,
the other half is blooming.

Will it live, I ask,
the geriatric heart?
Half of it died six years ago,
the other half is blooming.

Old sorrows, borers in the wood;
dead wood needs a sharp saw.

March 2011

Photo by joy ann jones 3/9/11


  1. I just LOVE nature metaphors!
    Loved your 55 JA.
    You My Friend are NEVER too late to the party!
    Thank you for taking the time to help make Fridays the funnest day of blogging!
    Thanks again for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

  2. cut is away so the living can keep going...smiles. then i do think it will live...nice to see you hedge

  3. I'm rooting for survival for this lovely apricot tree...

  4. Yes. Truly great metaphor. I love nature/life metaphors.

  5. Saw the dead wood and discard the sorrow and hopefully man and tree will live another six and three, respectively. Also, fitting how it's the poet who is the one to inquiry into the human issue. Excellent 55!

  6. It's amazing how strong trees are and how life is still pulsating in the portions not spoiled by disease or decay.

    Loved this 55, hedgewitch.

  7. Only you would come up with this. I LOVE that last line, so terse, so loaded. And you set it up so gracefully. For some reason, I love the difference in the number of years, three and six. "The other half is blooming." You're a fucking genius.

  8. I enjoyed the metaphorical element that you wove into this 55. half dead half alive - poor heart I mean tree

    moonie smiles

  9. let it be,
    at times, when things get subjective, it is hard to tell the truth.

    very sharp observation of life,
    nature is mysterious and make us think.

    divine 55.

  10. Good piece, all-around. Effective stuff.

  11. This is so powerful, I actually pulled in my aging limbs for fear of the saw!! hee hee! I love the half heart that is blooming and the "old sorrows, borers in the wood"...such wonderful writing!

  12. I like this! And, I like apricot trees.

  13. Great analogy, apricot and heart...clinging on to life, clinging on to purpose....bery nice...bkm

  14. What a perfect analogy!! Sometimes, all the dead and decaying matter within takes a lot more to clean up...

    Very beautifully written, Joy!!

  15. A beautifully balanced metaphor, this, declared and then completed. This poem really does the job, hw.


"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." ~William Butler Yeats

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